US Navy Reaches Out for Help

Budget cuts force rethink.

US Navy Reaches Out for Help from Allies as Budget Crunch Looms

by Kris Osborn

Lawmakers and Navy leaders said U.S. allies around the globe will need to pick up a larger share of the deployments and forward presence needed to keep international sea lanes safe and open for trade.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus cited the additional budget cuts associated with sequestration and additional combat responsibilities to include the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as reasons the U.S. Navy will need additional assistance.

“We can’t do it by ourselves and they have to carry their fair share of the burden,” Mabus said before the Senate Armed Services Committee at a Navy budget hearing on Tuesday.

He praised the French for sending an aircraft carrier to help fight ISIS in the Arabian Gulf.

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