26 February 2021

Defense head Austin weighs warship needs in Pacific, Mideast


ABOARD THE USS NIMITZ — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told sailors on the USS Nimitz Thursday that he hopes to avoid long ship deployments like the more than 10 months they just spent at sea. But as he made his first aircraft carrier visit as Pentagon chief, he acknowledged the demand for American warships around the globe as he wrestles with security threats from China in the Pacific and Iran in the Middle East.Standing in the ship's hangar bay, Austin said he will make a decision soon on [...]