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Master Chief, Donnie, Novak, of Chesapeake, Va., looks out from the bridge aboard the Cruiser USS Anzio at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., Friday April 12, 2013. Some equipment wrapped in protective since the ship was to be retired this year. Idle aircraft and pricey ship deployments underscore the contradictions and conflicts as Congress orders the Pentagon to slash $487 billion in spending over the next 10 years and another $41 billion in the next six months. Yet, at the same time, lawmakers are forcing the services to keep ships, aircraft, military bases, retiree benefits and other programs that defense leaders insist they don’t want, can’t afford or simply won’t be able to use. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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