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US to cut carrier fleet in Persian Gulf to one

February 7, 2013
By LOLITA C. BALDOR , THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is cutting its aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf region from two carriers to one, the Defense Department said Wednesday, in a move that represents one of the most significant effects of budget cuts on the U.S. military presence overseas. The decision comes as Washington struggles to find a way to avoid sharp automatic spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and domestic programs next month.

 
 
 

 

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