The US Navy (USN), in collaboration with the US Coast Guard (USCG) under an Integrated Program Office (IPO), released a draft request for proposals (RFP) on 19 October for the detail design and construction of a Heavy Polar Icebreaker (HPIB).
The draft RFP is for one HPIB, with options for two additional HPIBs, USN officials said.
The USCG said it requires new heavy icebreakers to ensure continued access to both Polar Regions and to support the country's economic, commercial, maritime, and national security needs. The service said it needs at least two to complete the tasks.
The draft RFP solicited comments, questions, and planning purposes and is provided as “an advance notice to ease proposal lead time and assist teaming arrangements”.
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