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U.S. Suddenly Finds Money After Budget Crisis to Boost Asia Pacific Warships

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English: YOKOSUKA, Japan (June 10, 2009) Sailo...

English: YOKOSUKA, Japan (June 10, 2009) Sailors man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the ship departs on her first summer deployment since arriving at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington is underway supporting security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L. H. Davis/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON —

The United States has significantly increased its warships and aircraft deployed in Asia despite Washington’s budget woes, adding punch to its “pivot” to the region, a senior naval commander said.

Rear Admiral Mark C Montgomery, commander of an aircraft carrier strike group homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, said the expanded military presence would have a calming effect on simmering tensions and territorial disputes in the region.

“The strategic rebalancing has resulted in an extremely higher number of surface combatants, cruisers and destroyers that support the strike group,” Montgomery told AFP in an interview aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the South China Sea.

“What we’ve seen is an increase in surface combatant presence here in the Western Pacific… so these ships are spread throughout those areas,” he said, in the interview at the flag bridge of the nuclear-powered supercarrier as fighter jets took off and landed on the deck as part of drills.

“Having more ships gives us more presence. It allows us to have a greater force.”

Montgomery said U.S. defense budget cuts and the recent 16-day partial U.S. government shutdown have not affected his command.

 

http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/u-s-pivot-to-asia-gaining-strength-admiral

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Written by voiceoftruthusa

October 28, 2013 at 2:57 am

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