Senator Sullivan wants new icebreaker to spend time in Arctic
June 13, 2019
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is expected to take possession of a new heavy icebreaker within five years and Alaska’s
junior U.S. senator would like to see it spend time in U.S. waters.
Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan said Antarctic policy likely will shift the future icebreaker away from the Arctic missions it should be used for, the Alaska Journal of Commerce reported .
“I think we’re too focused on Antarctica and not focused on our own sovereign interests here,” Sullivan said.
The country’s only heavy icebreaker, the 43 year-old Polar Star, does much of its work...