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Aircraft carriers offer military flexibility

...Constellation arrived last month. Military planners are considering placing up to six carriers - half the Navy's carrier fleet - within striking distance of Iraq. During the 1991 Gulf War, six carriers were also in the region. In NATO ally...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/01/25/ira_366463.shtml
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Suggests military `smart buy' savings

...restarting production lines. As a former member of the U.S. Air Force, I believe we should commit to maintaining our carrier fleet with the most sensible procurement plan. "Smart buy" is good for our economy and for our national defense. Certainly...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1997/05/30/edi_209143.shtml
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Pentagon considering cutbacks to include F-22 fighter

...be decommissioned for budget savings. The Kennedy is currently scheduled to be retired in 2018. It has been in the carrier fleet since 1968 and is the third oldest of the 12 active carriers. Only the USS Enterprise and USS Kitty Hawk are older...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/12/31/bus_438612.shtml
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