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USS Thatch Called Back To San Diego Early Due To Sequestration

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USS Thatch

The Navy has announced the USS Thatch will be called back to its homeport of San Diego in April, cutting short its deployment due to sequestration cuts. In addition, the San Diego-based USS Rentz and USS Jefferson City have had their April deployments cancelled.

While Navy Secretary Ray Mabus made a service-wide message March 1 that warned of the probable deployment cancellations because of sequestration cuts, the final decision was made this week, according to a Navy news release:

While the final decision to cancel these deployments was deferred until the last possible moment, these commands had been previously directed to prepare for cancellation.

The USS Thatch left San Diego in January for a planned six-month deployment to participate in Operation Martillo, an effort to thwart "the activities of drug traffickers and criminal organizations" in the waters off Central America.

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | March 26, 2013 at 11:51 a.m. ― 3 years, 12 months ago

Hooray!! Who doesn't like an early homecoming?

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benz72 | March 26, 2013 at 12:34 p.m. ― 3 years, 12 months ago

Presumably USS JEFFERSON CITY (SSN 759) not USS JEFFERSON (which wiki says was sold in 1825)

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CaliforniaDefender | March 26, 2013 at 1:33 p.m. ― 3 years, 12 months ago

This is cause for celebration! Sailors get to spend more time with their families and taxpayers get to spend more time with their money.

A win-win situation! Three cheers for sequestration! Congressional inaction IS positive action!

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