Nation’s sole heavy icebreaker to deploy to the Arctic this winter

    The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star.

    Alameda, California (KINY) - The U.S. Coast Guard will send an ice cutter to the Arctic for an 82-day deployment to the Bering and Chukchi Seas.

    The goal is to help maritime sovereignty and security in the region.

    Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area said the Coast Guard has reaffirmed their commitment to American leadership in the region through partnership, unity of effort, and continuous innovation.

    "The Arctic is no longer an emerging frontier, but is instead a region of growing national importance," she said, "The Coast Guard is committed to protecting U.S. sovereignty and working with our partners to uphold a safe, secure and rules-based Arctic."

    The Coast Guard lost the ice cutter Healy to fire on August 18.   They were left with only one operational icebreaker in its fleet.




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