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The Pentagon Wants More Aircraft Carriers and Destroyers to Deter Russia in Europe

The Pentagon’s regional command for Europe wants more destroyers and aircraft carriers in order to deter Russian aggression on the continent.

But there’s a problem. The U.S. Navy is struggling to add ships, and has even proposed to cut a carrier from the fleet.

U.S. Army general Curtis Scaparrotti, the head of U.S. European Command, on March 5, 2019 told a Senate committee he wants two more destroyers to supplement the four that the Navy already stations in Rota, Spain.

The general said he also

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