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Pentagon budget 2019: USCG strategy pays off with ship buys

27 February 2018

A three-year US Coast Guard (USCG) strategy to better market itself and its missions has continued to pay off with a fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget request that includes about USD1.4 billion for another offshore patrol cutter (OPC), four fast response cutters (FRCs), and the nation’s first new heavy icebreaker in about four decades.

The shipbuilding request by the USCG and the Trump administration shows a marked reinvestment in an agency that has struggled in recent years with an ageing fleet and constrained budgets.

“When I came into this job in 2014, we’d say we need these new ships – we have to have them,” Admiral Paul Zukunft, USCG commandant, told Jane’s .

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