Aboard the country’s oldest aircraft carrier, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta vowed that he will maintain the Navy’s fleet of 11 carriers, despite budget pressures.
Panetta’s Saturday announcement aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) served as reassurance and encouragement to the 1,700 sailors heading to the Gulf this spring for the ship’s final deployment, in light of recent tensions with Iran.
“You’re part of what keeps our force agile and flexible and quickly deploy-able and capable of taking on any enemy, anywhere in the world,” Panetta told the crowd. “It’s for that reason that the President of the United States and all of us working at the Department of Defense have decided that it is important to maintain our carrier force at full strength and that means we’ll be keeping 11 carriers in our force.”
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