Polar security fleet funding request underscores U.S. Arctic interests

By Linda Hersey / April 10, 2023 at 1:19 PM
With concern growing about upholding U.S. interests in Arctic waters, the Coast Guard is seeking $170 million in fiscal year 2024 to continue developing its tiny polar security cutter fleet. The cutters monitor sea traffic in a thawing Arctic, among other duties. Described as multimission vessels, the cutters’ roles include helping defend U.S. sovereignty in territorial waters in the Arctic region and protecting U.S. economic interests in what is known as the U.S. exclusive economic zone north of Alaska. The...

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