“Out of the five branches of our Armed Services, it’s only the Coast Guard that has the power to break through 21 feet of rock-solid Arctic ice, right? You’re the only ones. And I’m proud to say that under my administration, as you just heard, we will be building the first new heavy icebreakers the United States has seen in over 40 years. We’re going to build many of them.”
These were the words of President Trump as he congratulated the US Coast Guard Academy’s graduating class at the service’s commencement exercises in New London, Connecticut last month.
He was referring to the remarks of Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, who had preceded the President in the ceremony.
“We’re already building out a fleet of national security cutters,” the commandant said. “That program was going … MORE