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US naval presence in Asia-Pacific remains 'absolute and unwavering' despite budget cuts

Published on May 11, 2013 10:19 PM
 
US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks to reporters in the bridge of the USS Freedom littoral combat ship during a visit at Changi Naval Base in Singapore, on May 11, 2013. The United States' renewed naval presence in the Asia-Pacific region will be absolute and unwavering despite recent sweeping federal Budget cuts, said Mr Mabus during an official visit to Singapore on Saturday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

The United States' renewed naval presence in the Asia-Pacific region will be "absolute and unwavering" despite recent sweeping federal Budget cuts, said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus during an official visit to Singapore on Saturday.

Mr Mabus was visiting the littoral - close to shore - combat ship USS Freedom, docked at Changi Naval Base, ahead of the International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (Imdex Asia) which begins on Tuesday.

He told reporters: "We may have to vary the scope of some things, but the essential commitment here will not change.

"This is our focus, this is where we're going to put the majority of our fleet."

 
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