Seattle to be Homeport for Polar Security Cutter

Not surprisingly the Coast Guard has announced that Seattle is the planned homeport for the new Polar Security Cutter (heavy polar icebreaker). Below is the press release. 

U.S. Coast Guard announces homeport of newest Polar Security Cutter

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard today announced that Seattle, Wash. will be the home of the service’s new Polar Security Cutters.

“I am pleased to announce that Seattle, Washington will be the home of the Coast Guard’s new Polar Security Cutters,” said Admiral Karl L. Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.  “The Pacific Northwest has been the home of our icebreaking fleet since 1976, and I am confident that the Seattle area will continue to provide the support we need to carry out our critical operations in the polar regions.”

The U.S. Coast Guard is the nation’s lead agency responsible for providing assured surface access in the polar regions.  The addition of the Polar Security Cutters in Seattle will support the United States’ ability to conduct national missions, respond to critical events, and project American presence in the high latitudes.

The Coast Guard conducted a detailed analysis to identify locations that could accommodate the Polar Security Cutter. Based on operational and logistical needs, Seattle was determined to be the appropriate homeport for the first three Polar Security Cutters.

In April 2019, VT Halter Marine, Inc. of Pascagoula, Mississippi, was awarded a contract for the detail design and construction of the Coast Guard’s Polar Security Cutter class.

4 thoughts on “Seattle to be Homeport for Polar Security Cutter

  1. I see the article references breakers in Seattle since 1976. Sure seems like the Northwind was tied up on pier 91 when I went aboard the Klamth in 1968. No big deal, just saying.q

    • Dennis, you are correct about the Northwind. I grew up in Seattle and still live in the area. Pretty sure she was berthed at pier 90 rather than 91. The Staten Island, on which I served, was also stationed in Seattle.
      I’m still disappointed that there apparently won’t be any NSC’s stationed in Seattle. Seems a shame.

      • Gary
        Seattle could get 3 Polar Security Cutters plus the Healy, not a bad trade-off you ask me. If any large patrol cutters are station in the area, it’s most likely be Port Angeles or maybe Everett.

  2. The two WHECs stationed in Seattle will be decommissioned soon, and reportedly a warehouse running parallel to the south pier at Base Seattle is coming down. We may see a significant reconfiguration of Base Seattle to support the full icebreaker fleet by the time the WMSPs start arriving in 2024.

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