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03-12-2013, 01:46 PM
Q&A: Adm. Shoemaker on making do with less

By Christopher P. Cavas - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Mar 9, 2013 16:46:28 EST

ABOARD USS JOHN C. STENNIS IN THE NORTH ARABIAN SEA — Like no other strike group, the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group represents the stretch the U.S. Navy has been making to support the recently rescinded requirement for two carriers on station in the Middle East.

Stennis, with Carrier Air Wing 9, was home last year from a seven-month deployment for only a few months when the word went out to deploy again — four months earlier than planned — to support U.S. Central Command’s (CENTCOM) needs. ... Click here (http://www.navytimes.com/news/2013/03/dn030913-carrier-requirement-mil/) to read the rest of the story.

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