Kaine wary of report suggesting early retirement of Navy’s USS Truman carrier


WASHINGTON (WAVY) — The Pentagon is reportedly planning an early retirement for the Norfolk-based USS Harry S. Truman.

According to a report published by the website “Breaking Defense”, this would shrink the carrier fleet from 11 to 10.

The report states part of the reason for the early retirement is concern as to whether the Navy’s carriers could avoid Chinese missiles in a future war.

It says the move could have savings of more than $30 billion over 25 years to invest in high-tech weapons, but would face heavy backlash on Capitol Hill. 

United States Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who serves on the Senate’s Armed Services Committee, says this doesn’t make sense. Kaine says it’s required by law that the U.S. have an 11-carrier Navy. 

“The other thing that makes this very puzzling, the Pentagon just entered into a block buy to buy two carriers from the (Newport News) shipyard and you wouldn’t do that unless you were intending to maintain the 11 carrier Navy,” Senator Kaine said. 

Kaine says this will be discussed in hearings next week. 

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