Pentagon Considering Cutting One Aircraft Carrier From The Fleet

USS Theodore Roosevelt sails alongside its sister ship, USS Nimitz, in the South China Sea earlier this year. U.S. NAVY/MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS ELLIOT SCHAUDT
USNI News: Pentagon Mulling Aircraft Carrier Reduction as Part of FY 2022 Budget Review
The Pentagon is again considering a reduction in aircraft carrier force structure as part of the upcoming Fiscal Year 2022 budget submission to Congress, according to two sources familiar with the discussions.
In order to meet a proposed $704 billion to $708 billion topline for the first Biden Defense Department budget – the Trump administration’s FY 2022 budget proposed $722 billion – the Office of the Secretary of Defense is weighing how it could build in savings by reducing the carrier force, the two sources familiar with the ongoing internal discussion told USNI News on Wednesday.
Update #1: The Pentagon Is Once Again Considering Early Retirement For One Of Its Aircraft Carrier (The Drive) Update #2: Pentagon eyeing aircraft carrier reduction in budget request: report (The Hill)
WNU Editor: As this blog predicted in a post yesterday (link here). Under the Biden administration expect major cuts in the U.S. defense budget, cuts in procurement, cuts in operations, and the elimination of big budget items like an aircraft carrier.Original Article

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