Coast Guard unveils Arctic Strategy

WASHINGTON — Coast Guard commandant, Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., unveiled the Coast Guard’s Arctic strategy during an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Tuesday.

The 10-year strategy outlines the service’s pursuit of three main objectives: improving awareness, modernizing governance and broadening partnerships. It directly supports the administration’s national strategy for the Arctic region announced May 10.

“Last September we observed the lowest sea ice extent in recorded history, and there are vast areas of open water where there used to be ice,” said Papp in comments he shared with Coast Guard stakeholders Monday. “This strategy is based on nearly 150 years of Coast Guard experience in maritime operations in the Arctic region”

The Commandant Papp’s remarks can be found here and the Coast Guard Arctic Strategy document can be found here.

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