White House Memo Directs Pentagon to Build New Icebreaker Fleet

A White House memo has directed the Pentagon to begin the process of building a new Arctic and Antarctic icebreaking fleet.

According to The Washington Free Beacon:

A recent White House memo directs the Pentagon and other executive departments to provide a roadmap by early August for creating a security fleet of icebreaker ships, Fox News reported Monday.

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The move to acquire icebreaker ships signals Washington’s recognition of the Arctic and Antarctic regions’ increasing geopolitical significance, as well as a willingness to stand up to China and Russia.

The memo comes at a time when the United States has minimal strategic capabilities in the polar regions—there is not a single U.S. port in the Arctic capable of housing icebreaking ships. This shortcoming is addressed by the memo, which orders a search for at least two “optimal” U.S.-based port locations and two international port locations.

Military authorities say the need to bolster U.S. operations in the polar regions is immediate.

The United States only has one “heavy-class icebreaker” the 46-year-old USCGC Polar Star which is 10 years past its expected decommission date.

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CAG
CAG
1 month ago

Better arm the sh*t outta it!

Keith Clark
Keith Clark
1 month ago

Sounds like a plan.

Randy
1 month ago

This is long overdue and has been disregarded by Bush, Obama and others. This is just one more prime example of why Trump should – MUST – be re-elected.

Roger
Roger
1 month ago

Need to task 1 for the Great Lakes as well. The US/Canadian fleet is old and unable to keep the Lakes clear during early spring operations, and this cripples our steel industry.