By Mark Sabbatini
Juneau Empire 

Congress directs Coast Guard to buy used icebreaker until new ones are built


December 21, 2022

Federal legislation sent to the president for his signature directs the U.S. Coast Guard to spend $150 million to purchase a used, privately owned ice-breaking vessel to help cover operational needs until a fleet of new Coast Guard icebreakers can be built.

The legislation, the annual Natural Defense Authorization Act, also includes a provision to acquire land in Juneau to build facilities for the estimated 190 Coast Guard personnel assigned to the ship, Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan said during a conference call with reporters to discuss Alaska-related provisions of the $858 billion package.


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