US Coast Guard to reassess Polar Security Cutter build schedule

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The US Coast Guard has not requested additional funds for its Polar Security Cutter icebreaker program for fiscal year 2025 due to delays and design challenges. The program aims to replace the aging CGC Polar Star and CGC Healy with three heavy polar icebreakers for operations in Arctic and Antarctic regions. Despite being the top acquisition priority, the Coast Guard is currently reassessing the program’s timeline with Bollinger Shipyards, with a new schedule anticipated later this year. Previous appropriations are deemed sufficient to maintain the program’s progress in the meantime. The Government Accountability Office highlighted the need for stabilizing the design before construction begins and improving oversight, citing a three-year delay and an expected first hull delivery in 2028.

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