Category Archives: U.S. Coast Guard

Pacific Island Nations Want More U.S. Engagement

Pacific Island Nations Want More U.S. Engagement

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG-86) pulls into the Port of Suva, Fiji during a port visit Oct. 14, 2018. Navy photo.

Despite a shared history of fighting in World War II, the 16 Pacific Island nations think high ranking U.S. government policymakers suffer from “collective amnesia” when considering differing definitions of security, Fiji’s ambassador said Wednesday.

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VT Halter Marine Details Coast Guard Icebreaker Bid

VT Halter Marine Details Coast Guard Icebreaker Bid

An artist’s rendering of VT Halter Marine’s winning bid for the U.S. Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter. VT Halter Marine image used with permission

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Coast Guard’s next icebreaker is based on a German research vessel, features a unique Finnish propulsion design and is driven by American diesels, shipbuilder VT Halter Marine told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

Coast Guard Hopes to Have 3 Polar Security Cutters Fielded by 2028

Coast Guard Hopes to Have 3 Polar Security Cutters Fielded by 2028

A starboard view of the anchored US Coast Guard icebreaker POLAR STAR (WAGB 10).

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Coast Guard hopes to have its first three heavy icebreakers fielded by 2027 or 2028 to replace the one icebreaker that is increasingly struggling to make it to Antarctica and back each year and to increase U.S. presence in the high latitudes, the commandant said today. Read More

Budget Concerns Led Huntington Ingalls to Sit Out Coast Guard Icebreaker Contest

Budget Concerns Led Huntington Ingalls to Sit Out Coast Guard Icebreaker Contest

Ingalls Shipbuilding lands the 700-ton deckhouse on the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) on July 9, 2016. Ingalls Shipbuilding photo.

The U.S. Coast Guard offered industry the potential for a multi-ship, multi-year, multi-billion-dollar program in its heavy icebreaker competition – but funding uncertainties gave some of the nation’s largest shipbuilders cold feet when it came time to bid.

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UPDATED: VT Halter Marine to Build New Coast Guard Icebreaker

UPDATED: VT Halter Marine to Build New Coast Guard Icebreaker

An artist’s rendering of VT Halter Marine’s winning bid for the U.S. Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter. VT Halter Marine image used with permission

This post has been updated to include a rendering of the VT Halter Marine bid and the names of the two other shipyards who bid for the Polar Security Cutter contract.

VT Halter Marine Inc. has been awarded a $745M detailed design and construction contract for the Coast Guard’s next-generation heavy icebreaker, according to a Tuesday Pentagon contract announcement. Read More

The U.S. Coast Guard's Mission to Africa

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Mission to Africa

Ensign Panashe Mutombo, an officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC-910), looks out from the starboard side flying bridge on March 3, 2019 during the cutter’s transit to Africa to support U.S. Africa Command, U.S. 6th Fleet. US Coast Guard Photo

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC-910) is halfway through a 90-day mission to Africa’s Atlantic coast and already the crew has helped enforce fishing rights, combat smuggling and piracy and rescue two fishermen who had been declared dead. Read More