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Jonathan Greenert: Budget Cuts Force Navy to Cut Training, Maintenance Funds

Adm. Jonathan Greenert
Adm. Jonathan Greenert

The U.S. Navy has reduced funding that covers training programs and maintenance services for warships stationed oversees due to budget cuts, Reuters reported Friday.

David Alexander writes Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, said Friday the branch needed to minimize its crisis response capabilities following the Defense Department’s $37 billion spending reduction.

Greenert added the reductions could impact the number of ships and how Navy employees manage their usual tasks, the report said.

He also told reporters the service already had slashed its number of ships by 10 to 286 overall, Reuters reports.

Alexander writes the Pentagon has also trimmed training, froze air units and called off ship deployments.

Greenert told reports the Navy intends to balance training reductions by shifting funds between accounts in partnership with the Pentagon and Congress, according to Reuters.

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