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CNO nominee backs Navy plan to scrap USS Truman as White House vows to keep the ship

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WASHINGTON — The admiral nominated as the Navy’s next top officer told senators Tuesday that he backed a controversial plan to scrap one of the service’s aircraft carriers halfway through its lifespan to fund newer technology, including unmanned warships.

Adm. Bill Moran, President Donald Trump’s selection for the next chief of naval operations, said he supported the plan unveiled in the service’s fiscal year 2020 budget request to forgo a $3.5 billion midlife overhaul of the USS Truman scheduled for 2024. The admiral’s comments came during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee to consider his nomination and that of Lt. Gen. David Berger, Trump’s pick for the next commandant of the Marine Corps. https://www.stripes.com/news/us/cno-nominee-backs-navy-plan-to-scrap-uss-truman-as-white-house-vows-to-keep-the-ship-1.579086

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