The First headline from Navy Times (subscribers edition only):
Despite Rumors, QDR Unlikely To Shrink Carrier Fleet
Makes possible the Second, also from Navy Times (subscribers edition only):
Outlook Dim For Beefing Up Surface Fleet, Leaders Warn.
And from our cousins across the Atlantic, the British, comes two like headlines. The first is from DefPro:
UK Aircraft Carriers And JSF Orders Not Under Threat
Which may have something to do with our next title, via Defense News:
U.K. Budget Cuts May Target Royal Navy Amphib Vessels
The needs then grows for a bigger navy, able to perform a multitude of tasks, on call when needed. Clearly the large deck aircraft carrier increasingly is a hindrance rather than a help to this goal.