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Coast Guard Icebreaker Polar Star Breaks Out McMurdo Station in Antarctica

Coast Guard Icebreaker Polar Star Breaks Out McMurdo Station in Antarctica

The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star moves through pack ice Dec. 28, 2019, about 200 miles north of McMurdo Station, Antarctica. The 43-year-old Polar Star is the nation’s only heavy icebreaker. This year marks the 64th iteration of the operation known as Operation Deep Freeze. U.S. Coast Guard photograph

The nation’s only heavy icebreaker USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10) finished bashing a 23-mile channel through pack ice on Wednesday to reach the National Science Foundation’s research facility, McMurdo Station, in Antarctica.

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McMurdo Station Expansion Relies on Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker

McMurdo Station Expansion Relies on Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker

USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10) off McMurdo Sound near McMurdo Station, a United States Antarctic research center in 2018. US Air Force Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the next several years, the Coast Guard’s only heavy icebreaker will lead the annual Antarctic resupply mission as the service develops its new class of icebreaker.

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Coast Guard Releases Heavy Icebreaker Draft Request for Proposals

Coast Guard Releases Heavy Icebreaker Draft Request for Proposals

A curious Adelie penguin stands near the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star on McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, Jan. 7, 2016. During their visit to Antarctica for Deep Freeze 2016, the U.S. military’s logistical support to the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program, the Polar Star crew encounters a variety of Antarctic marine life, including penguins, whales and seals. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Coast Guard and Navy today released a draft request for proposals to industry for the detail design and construction of the Heavy Polar Icebreaker. Read More

Zukunft: Changing Arctic Could Lead to Armed U.S. Icebreakers in Future Fleet

Zukunft: Changing Arctic Could Lead to Armed U.S. Icebreakers in Future Fleet

The 420-foot Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks ice in the Bering Sea to assist the tanker Renda on Jan. 8, 2012. US Coast Guard Photo

The U.S. Coast Guard has begun work to design and buy three heavy and three medium polar icebreakers, but the service reserves the right to increase the size of the program or even add offensive weapons to them if needed to respond to a rapidly changing Arctic environment, the commandant said. Read More

USCG Comandant Zukunft: 2016 Funding, 2017 Budget Request Will Help Accelerate Heavy Icebreaker Program

USCG Comandant Zukunft: 2016 Funding, 2017 Budget Request Will Help Accelerate Heavy Icebreaker Program

Passengers and the crew of CGC Polar Star gather to observe their first encounter with ice during Operation Deep Freeze 2016 in the Southern Ocean Jan. 3, 2016. The mission to resupply the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, Antarctica, is one of the most difficult U.S. military peacetime missions due to the harsh environment. US Coast Guard photo.

Passengers and the crew of CGC Polar Star gather to observe their first encounter with ice during Operation Deep Freeze 2016 in the Southern Ocean Jan. 3, 2016. The mission to resupply the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, Antarctica, is one of the most difficult U.S. military peacetime missions due to the harsh environment. US Coast Guard photo.

The Coast Guard’s 2017 acquisition budget request is the largest in history and would help the service revitalize its fleet – and in particular, its heavy icebreaker fleet, Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said during the annual State of the Coast Guard address today. Read More