After more than a decade of discussions, in a bipartisan effort, the U.S. Congress recently passed legislation authorizing the United States Coast Guard to acquire three additional polar icebreakers. The new icebreakers will replace the only two existing icebreakers which are outdated and mired in technical issues.
ASP COO Andrew Holland speaks to the need for the U.S. to play a larger role in the Arctic, stating that:
“The bill’s passage means that there is strong support in Congress for increasing the American Arctic presence. The Coast Guard has indicated that it understands the need to increase its presence in the Alaskan Arctic, and this will support that.”
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