PACOM Chief: 11-Carrier Fleet Vital To U.S. National Security Strategy

By Olga Belogolova / March 5, 2014 at 9:11 PM
In a testy exchange with lawmakers on Capitol Hill today, U.S. Pacific Command chief Adm. Samuel Locklear defended the Navy's need for a fleet of 11 nuclear aircraft carriers. During a House Armed Services Committee hearing with combatant commanders on the Pentagon's budget request, which was unveiled on March 4, ranking member Adam Smith (D-WA) called the 11-carrier fleet into question, noting that "a lot of folks very high up in the Navy [think that they] could survive, quite easily,...

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