The Navy plans to pull its carrier presence out of the Middle East temporarily this fall, which will sideline the Navy’s premier airstrike platform for the first time since the outbreak of Operation Inherent Resolve.

The break in presence will likely last from one to two months after the carrier Theodore Roosevelt departs U.S. Central Command this fall. Theodore Roosevelt will be replaced by Truman and its escorts in 5th Fleet early this winter, according to Navy officials who spoke on background to discuss future operations.

The break in carrier presence in the middle of a fight with the Islamic State group is a setback, but Navy officials say it’s a consequence of years of strain placed on the fleet by increasing demands and decreasing budgets. […]