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Impacted by sequestration delays, US carrier strike group prepares for deployment in 2014

22 August 2013
US Navy crews practice aircraft salvage recovery operations on the flight deck of USS George H W Bush during at-sea training off the US East Coast on 16 August. Source: Grace Jean/IHS Jane's

Key Points

  • Bush carrier strike group expected to deploy in February 2014
  • Standard seven-month deployment to be extended by several months as budgetary pressures persist

After mandatory federal spending cuts delayed its scheduled deployment, the US Navy's (USN's) George H W Bush carrier strike group (CSG) is training up to deploy in early 2014 - nearly six months later than originally planned - and its on-station time is likely to be extended, naval commanders revealed on 15 August.

An EA-6B Prowler and F/A-18 Hornets line up to launch from aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush on 15 August during an at-sea training period off the US East Coast. (Grace Jean/IHS Jane's)An EA-6B Prowler and F/A-18 Hornets line up to launch from aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush on 15 August during an at-sea training period off the US East Coast. (Grace Jean/IHS Jane's)

"The length of the cruises are getting a little longer because it's expensive to train," Carrier Strike Group Two Commander Rear Admiral John C Aquilino told IHS Jane's during an interview on board USS George H W Bush (CVN 77).



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