NORFOLK, Va. - Sailors serving on the Norfolk-based carrier USS Harry S. Trumanwill have to wait longer for their next scheduled deployment.
Navy officials tell WAVY.com maintenance of the Carrier USSEnterprise, also based at Naval Station Norfolk, is causing thedelay.
The Navy also extended the deployment of the USS Nimitz,based in San Diego.
“Adjusting these carrier deployment schedules was the bestsolution of available options,” said Adm. J. C. Harvey Jr.,commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. “We recognize thisdecision has operational and personnel impacts, such as trainingcycle changes and family uncertainty. Our Sailors and families alsoare ready to step up when necessary to meet the continued demandsof a nation at war.”
Adm. Robert F. Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleetsaid, “I know changes in deployment length affect everyone.Part of our Sailors' readiness and well-being is knowing theirfamilies are being cared for regardless of deployment length. Wewill continue to invest in family support and readiness programs totry to reduce the stress of lengthy deployments -- we owe it tothem, and I am committed to it.”
The Enterprise is under repair at the Northrop Grumman shipyardin Newport News.
Witnesses tell WAVY.com the attack of a shopper was the cause of a heavy police presence at the Ross department store at Military Circle in Norfolk Wednesday night.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.