Navy: Deployment of ship, sub nixed
PEARL HARBOR, Oahu (AP) — U.S. Navy officials say deployments of a guided missile frigate and of a submarine have been canceled because of spending cuts known as sequestration.
The U.S. Pacific Fleet says the Secretary of Defense has approved the cancellations of deployments planned next month for the San Diego-based USS Rentz and USS Jefferson City.
The office says the San Diego-based USS Thach will also cut short its current deployment and return home in April.
San Diego television station NBC7 says the Thach left San Diego on Jan. 8 for what was scheduled to be a six-month deployment in Central America, but the ship is now due to return home in April.
The station says the ship and its 220 sailors have been targeting drug traffickers in Central America.
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