The Coast Guard is asking for $15 million to keep its only heavy icebreaker afloat — and...

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  1. [​IMG]US Coast Guard/Chief Petty Officer David Mosley

    • The Coast Guard currently only has one operational heavy icebreaker to keep polar regions accessible.
    • The service has been pushing for funding to rebuild its icebreaker fleet for some time.
    • President Donald Trump's proposed 2019 budget provides nearly a billion dollars to start that construction.

    The Homeland Security Department's proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 requests $2 billion to recapitalize the Coast Guard's surface fleet — notably $750 million to design and build the US's "first new heavy polar icebreaker in over 40 years," according to details released on Monday as part of President Donald Trump's budget request.

    The Coast Guard's total request for the next fiscal year is a little over $11.65 billion — an increase of 8.4%, or $979 million, over the amount requested for fiscal year 2018.
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