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Webinar: Building a Twenty First Century Heavy Icebreaker: Balancing Security and Science Capabilities

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 12:00

Wednesday, January 17, 2018. 12:00PM. Webinar: Building a Twenty First Century Heavy Icebreaker: Balancing Security and Science Capabilities. Kenneth Boda, U.S. Coast Guard. Sponsored by Center for Satellite Research and Applications. More information here.

The United States Coast Guard is designing and building new heavy polar icebreakers to replace aging and increasingly obsolescent ships. We have developed and evaluated icebreaker operational requirements, seeking the greatest capability within the bounds of affordability. These ships must conduct the missions of U.S. Coast Guard (which include safety, security, and stewardship of U.S. waters) while serving the survey and science needs of our partner agencies across the federal government. In this presentation, Boda will outline the icebreaker acquisitions process, highlighting USCG outreach with the U.S. Navy, NOAA, industry and international partners. He will discuss the concept of icebreaker operations in both the Arctic and Antarctic, and will present the key performance capabilities required of the vessel in terms of icebreaking, endurance, and interoperability, and the resulting design implications. He will also discuss the capabilities that support U.S. Coast Guard maritime missions such as boat and aviation operations.  Finally, he will detail the survey and science capabilities required of these icebreakers to increase our knowledge of the remote Polar Regions.

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