News on the FY2018 budget (edited for a Coast Guard readership):
“The Senate Committee on Appropriations today released the FY2018 chairmen’s recommendation and explanatory statement for the Department of the Homeland Security.”
U.S. Coast Guard – $11.2 billion, including $7.3 billion to fully fund personnel and operations. The Coast Guard once again set a record in FY2017 by interdicting nearly 500,000 pounds of cocaine on the high seas, and the bill recommends continued investment in the Coast Guard capabilities that are enabling this success. The bill recommends $1.8 billion to continue a historic recapitalization of Coast Guard assets, including:
• $540 million for construction of National Security Cutter 10.
• $95 million for long lead time materials for National Security Cutter 11.
• $450 million for construction of Offshore Patrol Cutter 1.
• $50 million for long lead time materials for Offshore Patrol Cutter 2.
• $240 million for four Fast Response Cutters.
• $19 million to support Polar Icebreaker acquisition.
• $6 million to accelerate recapitalization of the Inland River Tender fleet
This is good news with Acquisition, Construction, and Improvement funding near the $2B annually the Coast Guard really needs. A bit surprised at the continuation of the NSC program. Not that we can’t use them.
Thanks to Luke for bringing this to my attention.