WASHINGTON (November 22, 2012)--The Navy says it will temporarily reduce its aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf area from two to one this winter because of a mechanical problem with the USS Nimitz, which is based in Washington State.
Navy officials said Wednesday the Nimitz, which had been scheduled to deploy to the region in January to relieve the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, will stay put until summer in order to complete repairs to its propulsion system.
As a result, the Navy decided to bring the Eisenhower home in December and resurface its flight deck so it can go back to the Gulf area in February and remain for four months, which means that in December and January the USS John C. Stennis will be the only carrier in that area.
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