Some Requests For U.S. Aircraft Carriers In The Middle East Are Getting Turned Down

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) prepares for flight operations in the Arabian Gulf. Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex King) 4-Star: Some Requests for Carriers in Middle East Are Getting Turned Down

The U.S. military is turning to allies in the Middle East to fill gaps when Navy aircraft carriers can't make it out to the region, a top general said Thursday.

Army Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of U.S. Central Command, told lawmakers that his command can't always get an aircraft carrier into the region when they'd like to. His response comes as Pentagon leaders are reportedly considering retiring one of its 11 aircraft carriers -- the Harry S. Truman -- early.

"We had to work solutions that included other platforms and other coalition partners to help meet those requirements," Votel said Thursday during a House Armed Services committee hearing.

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WNU Editor: The U.S. Navy cannot be everywhere at all times.

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