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Pentagon budget 2020: USN carrier budget decision sparks criticism

12 March 2019
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The US Navy (USN) plan to delay – and possibly eliminate – the refuelling of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier has already elicited criticism in Washington.

In its fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget proposal released on 12 March, the USN said, “As part of this request we have made the difficult decision to retire CVN 75 [USS Harry S. Truman ] in lieu of its previously funded refuelling complex overhaul [RCOH] that was scheduled to occur in FY2024.”

The service explained, “This adjustment is in concert with the Defense Department’s commitment to proactively pursue diversified investments in next-generation, advanced and distributed capabilities, including unmanned and optionally manned systems, and to provide a strong industry demand signal for the same.

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