US to Redeploy Navy to Pacific, 'Not Because of China'

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Bulgaria: US to Redeploy Navy to Pacific, 'Not Because of China' US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Photo from

The United States will redeploy the bulk of its navy to the Pacific Ocean by 2020, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said on Saturday.

"By 2020, the navy will reposture its forces from today's roughly 50-50 percent split between the Pacific and the Atlantic to about a 60-40 split between those oceans," Panetta said at the 11th Asia Security Summit of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore.

"That will include six aircraft carriers in this region, a majority of our cruisers, destroyers, combat ships and submarines," he added, as cited by RIA Novosti.

Panetta rejected the suggestion that changes in U.S. military strategy aimed at containing China's growing influence.

"Some view the increased emphasis by the United States on the Asia-Pacific region as some kind of challenge to China. I reject that view entirely," he said.

US President Barack Obama announced in November 2011 that the Asia-Pacific region was a top priority of the country's security policy.

"President Obama has stated that the United States will play a larger role in this region over the decades to come. [As for defense policy], we will play a central role in promoting strong partnerships and strengthen the capabilities of the Pacific nations to defend and secure themselves," Panetta also said.

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Yane - 4 Jun 2012 // 20:01:56

They redeploy because of Somali pirates could invade Hawaii! :)

sa-sha - 3 Jun 2012 // 10:59:40

OH, that Panetta...Look at the photo: so honest look...............

"That there is falsehood in his looks,
I must and will deny:
They say their Master is a knave,
And sure they do not lie."

Jerry - 3 Jun 2012 // 02:28:22

The redeployment of the US Navy to the Pacific reveals that the USA defense strategy is outdated with many flaws and missing information for policy workers to define a strategy that is concrete with consistency.

The Pacific with the accelerated economies of China, India, Japan and Korea are occupied with production and markets while the USA is occupied with their tin cans in the Pacific.

Obama visit the Western Hemisphere and you will receive a surprise, look at the left wing governments and Iranian influences in Latin America which is only hours from Miami.

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