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Coast Guard Budget Request Funds Two of Three Major Cutter Programs

Coast Guard Budget Request Funds Two of Three Major Cutter Programs

The Coast Guard Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal berthed before its commissioning ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia, July 25, 2018. The Bruckenthal was the 28th Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter to be commissioned.
U.S. Coast Guard photo

The Coast Guard’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget request calls for fully funding the next phases of the service’s two most significant cutter programs but leaves a third class on hold for the time being.

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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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Top Stories 2019: U.S. Coast Guard

Top Stories 2019: U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL-755) crew members inspect a self-propelled semi-submersible on June 19, 2019, in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. US Coast Guard Photo

This post is part of a series of review stories looking back at the top naval news from 2019.

For the U.S. Coast Guard, 2019 was marked by big moves in the service’s two most significant programs – the start of the Polar Security Cutter and a delay of the Offshore Patrol Cutter program.

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House Passes FY 2020 Coast Guard Funding; Bill Backs Icebreaker, Limits OPC Program

House Passes FY 2020 Coast Guard Funding; Bill Backs Icebreaker, Limits OPC Program

The Coast Guard Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal berthed before its commissioning ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia, July 25, 2018. The Bruckenthal was the 28th Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter to be commissioned. Coast Guard photo

The House approved a $12 billion Fiscal Year 2020 funding deal that puts limitations on the Offshore Patrol Cutter program while moving ahead with funding for polar icebreakers, Fast Response Cutters and long-range surveillance aircraft. Read More

Coast Guard Focused On Being Sea-Based In Arctic As Merits Of Deep-Water Port Debated

Coast Guard Focused On Being Sea-Based In Arctic As Merits Of Deep-Water Port Debated

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz meets with Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer and Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan in Nome and Port Clarence, Alaska to discuss the construction of deep-draft ports in western Alaska, Aug. 13, 2018. Coast Guard photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For now, the Coast Guard is focused on being sea-based in the high latitudes even as talk of building a deep-water Arctic port gains support in Washington.

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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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Polar Security Cutter Fuses Performance Requirements With Maintenance Needs

Polar Security Cutter Fuses Performance Requirements With Maintenance Needs

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – By building a heavy icebreaker designed to both withstand the frigid waters and accommodate major maintenance needs, the Coast Guard hopes to avoid the catastrophic failures that have hamstrung the service’s polar missions for a nearly a decade. Read More

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