Sea Platforms

Surface Navy 2018: Wittman sees bipartisan support for new USCG icebreakers

10 January 2018

Key Points

  • A key lawmaker sees bipartisan support for buying new US Coast Guard icebreakers
  • Lawmakers split on whether the Pentagon or DHS should pay for these new ships

A key lawmaker sees bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for the US Coast Guard (USCG) to buy one or more new polar icebreakers, but believes a sticking point will be how to pay for them.

House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee Ranking Member Robert Wittman of Virginia said on 10 January a couple options include paying for the new icebreakers out of the US Navy’s (USN’s) shipbuilding budget or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget.

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