The U.S. Navy will keep its aircraft carrier fleet at the now-magical number, 11, while other ships are being slipped or cut over the next five years — even those the Pentagon says it needs and wants to protect — according to a preview of the upcoming fiscal 2013 budget request detailed Jan. 26 by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. The plan scuttles months-long speculation that the Pentagon would delay or cancel some carrier programs and reduce the fleet size. A secure and upgraded ...


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