Status of Coast Guard’s Heavy Polar Icebreaker Acquisition

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The Coast Guard and Navy are preparing to build three heavy polar icebreakers to conduct missions in the Antarctic and Arctic. The single active heavy polar icebreaker is reaching the end of its useful service life.

This interim report provides an update on the shipbuilding effort.

In February 2018, goals for the ships’ construction schedules and performance capabilities were approved, and a maximum total cost set at $9.827 billion.

In March 2018, the Coast Guard solicited proposals for design and construction.

We are reviewing the risks the icebreaker program faces in meeting these goals, and expect to issue another report this summer.

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