Congress weighs fate of Coast Guard icebreakers

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    http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Congress-weighs-fate-of-Coast-Guard-icebreakers-2258214.php
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    The significant gap has been created because of the federal government's dropping the ball on actually FUNDING the nation's ice breaking fleet. Don't worry Mr. President and Congress, the Russians are more than prepared to patrol the growing area above Alaska and Canada....


    these politicians have no clue.
     
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    Back in the 70's I oversaw the purchasing for the final fitting of the Star. I remember how long the list was for personnel wanting to serve on the Star. The Star was the crown jewel of the fleet, she was a magnificent vessel. I live in Seattle and see both the Star and Sea at their dry dock whenever I drive through the city, this is truly a sad situation for the Coast Guard. The USCG needs new breakers to keep a strong presence in the Arctic, that will always be in the best interest of the United States.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Easy trigger. Congress giveth and Congress taketh away. I''ll believe it when I see it. USCG already had to cut an entire class of cutters from their modernization.
     
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    I'm assuming you're referring to the OPC's.
     
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    Coast Guard keeping Seattle-based icebreaker

    The Coast Guard has postponed plans to scrap the Seattle-based icebreaker Polar Sea this year.


    SEATTLE —
    AP
    June 15, 2012

    The Coast Guard has postponed plans to scrap the Seattle-based icebreaker Polar Sea this year.

    The decision was announced Friday by Sens. Maria Cantwell of Washington and Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

    They say the 399-foot Polar Sea had been scheduled to be dry-docked Monday for the first steps in demolition. It's sister ship the Polar Star is out of service for a $57 million overhaul at a Seattle shipyard. The United States currently has only one working icebreaker, the Healy. It's a medium service ship and can't crunch as much ice as the heavier Polar Sea and Polar Star.

    Cantwell, Begich and Murkowski say the Polar Sea's hull is in sound condition and rebuilding the ship would be cheaper than building a new icebreaker.
     

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