PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Quonset Air Show and the Navy Week festivities planned to coincide with it have both been canceled because of federal budget cuts.
The Rhode Island National Guard said Thursday the air show and open house scheduled for June 29 and June 30 at Quonset Air National Guard Base will not be held because of automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.
National Guard officials said they regretted that the show will not go on. Maj. Gen. Kevin McBride, the state’s adjutant general, says the Guard plans to prepare for a show in 2014.
The Navy said earlier Thursday it had canceled Navy Week in all 18 locations, including Rhode Island. The Navy Blue Angels earlier this week canceled their air show appearances nationwide, including at the Quonset Air Show.