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Thu Feb 25, 2021, 05:49 PM

Defense head Austin weighs warship needs in Pacific, Mideast

Source: AP

ABOARD THE USS NIMITZ (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told sailors on the USS Nimitz Thursday that he hopes to avoid long ship deployments like the more than 10 months they just spent at sea. But as he made his first aircraft carrier visit as Pentagon chief, he acknowledged the demand for American warships around the globe as he wrestles with security threats from China in the Pacific and Iran in the Middle East.

Standing in the ship's hangar bay, Austin said he will make a decision soon on whether to send a carrier back to the Middle East, where the Nimitz had been. But he said there have been times when the U.S. has opted not to have a carrier strike group in that region.

“There’s going to be gaps,” he said. “As we do that, we do things to make sure we have resources in the right place so can respond.”

The Nimitz, which left its homeport of Bremerton, Washington, last April, has been at sea for nearly 300 days, including several weeks of pre-deployment exercises. By the time it gets home in March, the ship and its strike group — which includes the USS Princeton and the USS Sterett — will have sailed about 99,000 nautical miles around the globe.

Read more: https://wacotrib.com/news/national/govt-and-politics/defense-head-austin-weighs-warship-needs-in-pacific-mideast/article_c0e0a2a7-5b5a-55ed-a3b6-d56db25fef88.html



Link is to the Waco Tribune-Herald.

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Thu Feb 25, 2021, 07:18 PM

1. And they were out that long....

because Donnie Dumb Ass wanted to pick a fight with Iran, but was luckily talked down from that ledge. Reason number 3,578 why I hate his existence.

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Thu Feb 25, 2021, 08:26 PM

2. I Wouldn't Want To Wrestle Lloyd Austin In Any Sense Of The Word

He is one tough dude, and like the President, is the right person for the job at the right time.

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