Defence Minister Peter MacKay came out on Thursday denying reports that the navy was being cut in half, the National Post reported. Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, the head of the navy, had written a letter to service officials, obtained by the Ottawa Citizen, detailing cuts. Mr. MacKay was then under political pressure to explain the cuts. Rather than doing so, he denied that cuts would be taken. Navy officers explained off the record that the cuts are still being implemented.