US Navy considers the presence in the Arctic a priority, not the creation of new bases

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The US Navy considers its presence in the Arctic as a priority, rather than increasing the number of US military bases in the region.

This was stated by Deputy Chief of Staff of the US Navy, Vice Admiral William Moran, commenting on the issue of Russia’s military presence in the Arctic at a seminar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Tuesday.

“For me, bases are less important than presence,” the commander stressed. “I think we should provide the presence required so that people understand that this is important for the United States.”

From the point of view of Moran, the question of the feasibility of creating new naval bases and the US Coast Guard in Alaska is part of the debate as to whether the expansion of these two types of aircraft should be sought.

“This is a classic example of disputes about whether the size of the Navy corresponds to the solution of all the tasks that are put before it. These are fundamental discussions that we have been conducting over the past few years,” said the Vice-Admiral.

“The Arctic is very important to us,” the Navy’s deputy chief of staff added in conclusion.

On April 11, the Pentagon officially announced that US President Donald Trump nominated Moran for the post of chief of staff of the Navy. In a new position he must be approved by the Senate of the US Congress.

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