The U.S. Navy should keep 11 aircraft carriers for global needs and build up its amphibious fleet in the Pacific, says Adm. Samuel Locklear, commander of the nation’s Pacific Command. “The 11 carriers are barely making it today,” Locklear said March 25 during a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing on North Korea and Pacific issues. He also says the region welcomes back a stronger Marine Corps presence now that the U.S. has halted combat in Iraq and is pulling out of Afghanistan. ...
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