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USCG's First Polar Security Cutter to be Named Polar Sentinel

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

February 24, 2022

(Image: Halter Marine)

(Image: Halter Marine)

The first ship in the U.S. Coast Guard's Polar Security Cutter program will be named Polar Sentinel, Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz revealed in his 2022 State of the Coast Guard Address, delivered Thursday in Clearwater, Fla.

The Polar Security Cutter program is planned to replace the Coast Guard's aging fleet of icebreakers, including the 46-year old heavy icebreaker USCGC Polar Star and 23-year-old medium icebreaker USCGC Healy.

Pascagoula, Miss. shipbuilder Halter Marine has been awarded contracts to build the first two Polar Security Cutters, and the U.S. Coast Guard has an option for a third vessel. If all options are exercised, the total contract value is $1.9 billion.

"Detail work remains underway in preparation for construction of our first Polar Security Cutter," Admiral Schultz said in his address. According to the Coast Guard website, construction on the first PSC is expected to begin sometime this year.

Admiral Schultz called the Polar Security Cutter "a state-of-the-art ship, requiring exacting designs, complex steel work and systems integration," He added, "When our fleet of Polar Security Cutters becomes operational, the work of these uniquely capable assets will be essential to protecting our economic, our environmental and our national security interests in the polar, or what we call the high latitude, regions."

Halter Marine has partnered with Technology Associates, Inc., (TAI) to design the new ships. Each 460-foot-long icebreaker will have a 88-foot beam and full load displacement of approximately 22,000 long tons. A 45,200-horsepower diesel electric propulsion system will help make the vessels capable of breaking ice between six and eight feet thick. Polar Security Cutters will each accommodate 186 personnel comfortably for an extended endurance of 90 days.

The shipbuilder has also teamed with ABB for its Azipod propulsion and Trident Marine for its power distribution system, Raytheon for command and control systems integration, Caterpillar for the main engines, Jamestown Metal Marine for joiner package, and Bronswerk Marine for the HVAC system.

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