Crenshaw: 'Dangers of sequestration are real'

Navy cuts back to single carrier fleet in Persian Gulf

Published On: Feb 07 2013 01:50:21 PM EST
USS Gettysburg
MAYPORT, Fla. -

Congressman Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., issued a statement Thursday on the looming cuts to the nation's military budget.

The USS Gettysburg will not be deploying from Naval Station Mayport to the Persian Gulf on Friday as scheduled.

The Mayport-based guided missile cruiser is part of the USS Truman battle group, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta delayed the entire group's deployment for budget reasons.

The HSM-74 helicopter squadron also had its deployment delayed. The squadron, based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, flies 11 helicopters with the Truman battle group.

Because of the budget cuts, the military expects to furlough 800,000 civilian workers for 22 days, lay off as many as 46,000 temporary and contract employees, and individual branches also plan other cutbacks.

Crenshaw released this statement:

"I've said it all along; the dangers of sequestration are real. The Pentagon's decision to cut aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf from two to one carriers makes it clear and brings it home. The United States will have one less of its strongest military assets in one of the world's most dangerous areas.

"We can't balance the budget on the back of the military. Doing so degrades core capability and readiness, limits force projection, and unnecessarily risks our national security. This is the world we are going to live in unless the sequester is stopped."

Crenshaw sits on the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee.