04.09.19

Senator David Perdue Meets With U.S. Fleet Forces Command

Seapower Chairman: “Retiring the Truman would be irresponsible.”

NORFOLK, VA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, visited the United States Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia to meet with fleet leadership and witness sea and flight operations aboard the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier. Senator Perdue is the first and only member of the U.S. Senate to visit the USS Truman since the Department of Defense announced its intention to retire the aircraft carrier. 

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“As chairman of the Seapower Subcommittee, I know a robust naval fleet is critical to deter aggression worldwide, project power, and defend our country,” said Senator Perdue. “After seeing the USS Harry S. Truman’s sea and flight operations firsthand, it’s clear this carrier plays a significant role in our national security. Retiring the Truman is inconsistent with the Navy’s strategic 12-carrier requirement and would be irresponsible, unless the Navy shifts its long-term carrier requirement.”

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Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.