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(Worthy News) - The United States' air strike capabilities against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) may take a serious hit this fall as the U.S. will be without an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf for the first time since 2007, the World Tribune reported.
Adm. John Richardson, the Obama administration’s nominee for chief of naval operations, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that there will be a two-month gap this fall when the U.S. does not have a carrier in the Gulf. The U.S. will have 11 aircraft carriers when the USS Gerald Ford enters service next year.
"Without that carrier, that will be a detriment to our capability, yes, sir," Richardson said during questioning from Sen. John McCain.
Currently, the USS Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the Gulf and one-third of the air missions against ISIL originate from the carrier. The Roosevelt carrier strike group was also recently deployed to Yemen. [ Source ]