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Congress authorizes new Arctic icebreakers for Coast Guard

 

December 24, 2020



ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Congress has passed a bill authorizing the addition of Coast Guard Polar Security Cutters for use as icebreakers, and an Alaska senator said the Trump administration is

considering leasing an icebreaker owned by a Republican donor.

The Coast Guard has two icebreakers, but only one is operating following an August fire that damaged the cutter Healy. Ongoing construction work on a new icebreaker is not expected to be finished until 2024.

The Coast Guard Reauthorization Act is part of the National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress for Fiscal Year 2021.

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