Blue Angels: Navy cancels remaining 2013 shows, cites federal budget cuts

— The Navy has canceled the remaining 2013 performances of the Blue Angels.

Three of the demonstrations were set for Florida, including two in Pensacola and one in Jacksonville.

The announcement comes weeks after the Navy said appearances could fall victim to the federal "sequestration" budget cuts.

"Recognizing budget realities, current defense policy states that outreach events can only be supported with local assets at no cost to the government," Lt. Aaron V. Kakiel, a spokesman for the commander of Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet said in a statement. "This is one of many steps the Navy is taking to ensure resources are in place to support forces operating forward now and those training to relieve them."

 

 

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