Heavy Icebreakers: A National Security Imperative

“On Monday, Coast Guard Vice Commandant Adm. Charles Michel briefed the Committee on Polar Icebreaker Cost Assessment, sharing how our nation’s security and sovereign interests hinge upon year-round, assured access to the polar regions. The briefing served as an opportunity for the Vice Commandant to highlight two heavy icebreakers – the nation’s entire inventory of this strategic asset. Only the Polar Star remains operational. Her sister ship, the Polar Sea, reached the end of her serviceable life in 2010 after she suffered casualties to two main engines.”

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