With no budget deal by deadline, the Navy announced some drastic actions Saturday in the face of sequestration.
Four air wings are set to be grounded and eight ship deployments have been cancelled — including one already underway. The moves will help save the service $10 billion, the amount cut this year due to automatic spending cuts triggered by Congress.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said these drastic actions will still preserve the Navy’s presence overseas.
“The lack of a legislative solution to avoid sequestration is deeply regrettable,” Mabus said in the message. “That said, we must endeavor to deal with the situation as we face it, not as we wish it could otherwise be.”
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