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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 12:31 pm 
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2 articles, one new, and one from a few months ago, but they both detail the same issue:

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A new Coast Guard icebreaker is a decade away. A lawmaker says that’s too long.
Meghann Myers, Navy Times 1:13 p.m. EDT May 23, 2016

The Coast Guard is in the very early stages of building a second heavy icebreaker, but it's still about 10 years away and a California congressman is calling for the Navy to help its sister service out with design acumen and money.

For now, the heavy icebreaker Polar Sea is the Coast Guard's only option, but it's into its fifth decade of service, and doesn't have a backup if it breaks down.

In a May 17 letter to Assistant Navy Secretary Sean Stackley, who's in charge of research, development and acquisitions, Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter asked the Department of the Navy to provide some insight on the service's Arctic capabilities and outlook.

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Will the US Coast Guard Close the ‘Icebreaker Gap’?

The U.S. Coast Guard’s initiative to build additional icebreakers is gaining momentum.


By Franz-Stefan Gady
January 14, 2016


This Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard made a first step in its quest to accelerate the construction of additional polar icebreakers, by announcing a Federal Business Opportunities solicitation for the so-called Polar Class Icebreaker Replacement Program. The move came amid criticism that the United States is falling behind Russia and even China in the number of ice breaking vessels it can field.

According to the announcement, the Coast Guard intends to host an Industry Day followed by one-on-one meetings with prospective shipbuilders and ship designers as a part of ongoing market research in March 2016 in Washington, D.C.


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Navy teams up with Coast Guard to build polar icebreaker
Meghann Myers, Navy Times 7:49 p.m. EDT July 14, 2016


Lawmakers are urging the Coast Guard to lease foreign icebreakers until the service can build a new one with the Navy's assistance. Coast Guard officials prefer repairing the broken icebreaker Polar Sea in the meantime. (Photo: Petty Officer 3rd Class Pamela J. Manns/Coast Guard)

It would take the Coast Guard more than a decade to build a new polar icebreaker. To try to cut that time in half, it's joining forces with the Navy's well-oiled acquisition machine.

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US Lawmaker Wants Pre-Owned Ice Ship Over Coast Guard Objections

Defense News - September 30, 2016
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In a Sept. 20 letter to House Republican leadership, Hunter, as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, asked for extra money for the US Coast Guard to lease or buy a vessel while debate continues about building a new ship. Hunter claims the cost to charter an existing vessel, called the Aiviq, would be $33 million per year to lease and $150 million to buy.

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The Senate has appropriated $1 billion in 2017 for the acquisition of a heavy icebreaker, and Hunter said in the letter he was optimistic the Coast Guard would receive full funding. Hunter’s idea is to pursue a block buy of at least two vessels and use the money as a “substantial down payment” to more rapidly design an icebreaker and buy lead materials.

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The Coast Guard’s heavy icebreaker inventory consists of a single operational vessel, the Polar Star, which is 40 years old. Its other heavy icebreaker, the Polar Sea, is inactive. Lawmakers have expressed concerns the US will be overmatched in the Arctic by Russia's growing icebreaker fleet.

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The last voyage of the USCGC Polar Star:

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How America's Aging Icebreaker Trudged Through Its Last Mission
Terrell Jermaine Starr
Today 11:05am

The vibrations and salt buildup inside of the evaporators led to a few broken pipes. The engines required constant fine-tuning. Leaks were a regular nuisance. A fuel or oil line would break or a gasket would give away. The piping of two of the fuel tanks cracked, which required engineers to weld them back together. This was life aboard the 40-year-old USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10), America’s last heavy icebreaker, on its most recent mission, its captain explained to Foxtrot Alpha.


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