USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2017.
The following is part of a series. Please also see Top Stories 2017: Navy Acquisition, International Acquisition, Navy Operations, Marine Corps Operations, International Operations and New Administration. Read More
The following is the Nov. 30, 2017 Congressional Research Service report, Coast Guard Cutter Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
The Coast Guard needs to present a 20-year fleet modernization plan that identifies what it intends to buy and what they project the costs to be, particularly in light of current plans to buy heavy icebreakers and offshore patrol cutters at about the same time, the Government Accountability Office reported Tuesday. Read More
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
The following is the March 20, 2017 Congressional Research Service report, Coast Guard Cutter Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
The latest U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter commissioned on Saturday in a ceremony in Seattle, Wash. Read More
USCGC Stratton off Annapolis, MD, Oct. 31, 2011. Stratton is the third Legend-class ships in the Coast Guard’s new line of technologically advanced cutters. DoD photo
The U.S. Coast Guard is considering fielding a small unmanned aerial vehicle on its Legend-class National Security Cutters, according to a draft request for proposal that was posted this week on FedBizOpps. Read More
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
Ingalls Shipbuilding launched the National Security Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756) on Saturday, Dec. 17. Ingalls Shipbuilding photo.
Ingalls Shipbuilding delivered the sixth National Security Cutter to the Coast Guard and launched the seventh in the past few days, as the now planned nine-ship class continues to grow. Read More
The following Sept. 16, 2016 Congressional Research Service report, Coast Guard Cutter Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More