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Document: Report to Congress on U.S. Coast Guard Icebreaker Program

The following is the May 27, 2016 Congressional Research Service report, Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernization: Background and Issues for Congress.

  • Curtis Conway

    The USCG Icebreakers are a sleeper of an issue. You don’t need them until you need them, and they cannot be built overnight. They were needed three years ago. Things are only going to get worse. The two Icebreaker Contract is the right way to go in the beginning. Then a dedicated recapitalization over a decade. Perhaps a fighting Icebreaker/frigate for the Arctic along with a relocatable drilling platform base or two?

  • sferrin

    What a joke.

  • Donald Carey

    Perhaps the State of Alaska should acquire their own. They could get a Finnish shipyard to build it and have it much more quickly (and probably cheaper, too), than from any U.S. yard.

  • Ed L

    U.S. Coast Guard cutter POLAR Star perhaps the most powerful non-nuclear icebreaker in the world, needs to be clone. The USCG Healy is a medium class Icebreaker. 4 ice breakers like the Polar Star and 4 like the Healey would be nice. Maybe the Navy could operate a couple of Icebreakers like they use to. Weren’t Ice Breakers once armed? Cannon, ASW stuff, etc.