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House, Senate Defense Bills Tough on Littoral Combat Ship Programs

House, Senate Defense Bills Tough on Littoral Combat Ship Programs

Freedom-class LCS St. Louis (LCS-19), left, in Marinette, Wisc., on Dec. 15, 2018, as Billings (LCS-15) is under construction and preparing for commissioning. US Navy Photo

The Navy is ready to sunset littoral combat ship production and three of four congressional defense committees appear happy to oblige through restrictive policies and funding authorizations. Read More

New Budget Forces Tough Funding Choices for Coast Guard

New Budget Forces Tough Funding Choices for Coast Guard

The crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal moor to a pier in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, July 24, 2018, prior to its commissioning ceremony. Coast Guard photo.

CAPITOL HILL – Lawmakers sounded skeptical that the Coast Guard’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget request is enough to cover the cost of current operations and invest in future technology and equipment needs.

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Top Stories 2018: U.S. Coast Guard

Top Stories 2018: U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Shannon Eubanks (left) instructs Petty Officer 2nd Class Ed Traver (right) on ice rescue techniques on Oct. 3, 2018, about 715 miles north of Barrow, Alaska, in the Arctic. US Coast Guard Photo

USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2018. This story is part of a series; please also see U.S. Marine Corps Operations and U.S. Navy Operations.

For the U.S. Coast Guard, 2018 started and ended with news about the service’s new fleet of polar icebreakers.

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Zukunft: Cutter Acquisition On Track, But Coast Guard Still Lacks Capacity To Meet Demand Signal

Zukunft: Cutter Acquisition On Track, But Coast Guard Still Lacks Capacity To Meet Demand Signal

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft delivers the 2017 State of the Coast Guard address on March 16, 2017. US Coast Guard photo.

The commandant is looking to increase the Coast Guard active-duty force by 5,000 over the next five years, restore 1,100 billets in its reserves that were cut by sequestration, and modernize its “geriatric class of cutters” working inland waterways. Read More

Document: Coast Guard Cutter Procurement

Document: Coast Guard Cutter Procurement

The following is from the July, 3 2013 Congressional Research Service report, Coast Guard Cutter Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress.

This report provides background information and potential oversight issues for Congress on the Coast Guard’s programs for procuring 8 National Security Cutters (NSCs), 25 Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPCs), and 58 Fast Response Cutters (FRCs). These 91 planned cutters are intended as replacements for 90 aging Coast Guard cutters and patrol craft. The Coast Guard began procuring NSCs and FRCs a few years ago, and the first few NSCs and FRCs are now in service. Read More