While some military analysts in Washington have been saying the refuelling of US Navy (USN) aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) could be on the chopping block again in order to free funds for unmanned systems, the USN is still planning for the midlife carrier work with the likely proposed annual budget release set for mid-February, according to Captain Charles Ehnes, In-Service Aircraft Carrier programme manager.
Last year's presidential budget proposal eliminated refuelling funding for Truman to decommission the ship earlier and make money available for new unmanned systems. However, the Trump Administration reversed its decision and said it would refuel the carrier to keep it operational as long as other Nimitz-class carriers.
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