Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard Subcommittee about the Coast Guard’s fiscal year 2012 budget today.
During the hearing, Adm. Papp provided an oral statement where he provided examples of current Coast Guard operations and the critical need to replace the Coast Guard’s aging fleet:
“Our most pressing challenge is recapitalizing our major cutter fleet – that is high endurance and medium endurance cutters. Ships that were designed to last a quarter century are now approaching a half century of service life – 50 years of waves, wind and salt spray – 50 years of performing concentrated, punishing, at-sea operations. It has taken its toll. We are losing hundreds of patrol days each year due to break-downs.”