President Trump ordered his administration on Tuesday to develop a polar icebreaking fleet for the Arctic and Antarctic by the end of the decade, saying it’s necessary for national security. “To help protect our national interests in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, and to retain a strong Arctic security presence alongside our allies and partners, the United States requires a ready, capable, and available fleet of polar security icebreakers that is operationally tested and fully deployable by fiscal year 2029,” Mr. Trump said in the order. He also wants to identify two new bases in the U.S. for the fleet, and two international bases. Mr. Trump further ordered federal agencies to look into leasing options from “partner nations” as a bridge to a permanent U.S. fleet, due to the aging status of the U.S. Coast Guard heavy icebreaker Polar Star, which was commissioned in 1976. The president directed Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, in coordination with the departments of State, Defense, Commerce, and the Office of Management and Budget, to “lead a review of requirements for a polar security icebreaking fleet acquisition program to acquire and employ a suitable fleet of polar security icebreakers, and associated assets and resources, capable of ensuring a persistent United States presence in the Arctic and Antarctic regions in support of national interests and in furtherance of the National Security Strategy and the National Defense Strategy.” Defense News reported last month that the U.S. Navy is making regular trips to the Arctic Circle after an absence of 30 years, including a four-ship patrol sailing in the Barents Sea. Three of the four ships were destroyers based in Rota, Spain, in an operation spearheaded by the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet.
The Coast Guard unloaded 3.1 tons of cocaine worth about $85 million in Florida on Monday. The massive amount of drugs were snatched in the eastern Pacific before they were transported by Coast Guard cutters Escanaba and Decisive to Port Everglades, Local 10 News reported. “The offload represents the combined efforts of Escanaba’s crew, and those of our partners and allies,” Escanaba Cmdr. Michael Turdo said. “Stopping the illicit flow of drugs to our shores not only keeps them off our street but also keeps money from getting to these criminal organizations.” The Coast Guard has bolstered its occupation in the eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin due to the Western Hemisphere Strategy, an effort that aims to “protect the Nation from threats delivered by sea; and protects the sea itself,” according to a press release. The narcotics will be given to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
Kudos to the Coast Guard for this big win! Excellent!!
What ridiculous, over-the-top, reaction to this tragedy. I understand the whole cultural saving face, honor thing in many Asian countries. But, c’mon.. The Prime Minister resigned, people are getting indicted on homicide charges, the President of S. Korea has apologized numerous times (for something she didn’t do, no less), and now she is disbanding the entire coast guard?! Seriously?! Far be it for me to judge how other countries handle their internal issues, given the incompetent morons we have in OUR federal government. But, I’m glad such irrational, excessive reaction isn’t the norm here in MY country. Just sayin..