Success in the Arctic depends on unity of effort among Arctic nations. Why? Because no single nation has the sovereignty, capacity or control over all the resources necessary to meet the emerging challenges in the Arctic. While in Greenland, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Sen. Angus King met with the Joint Arctic Command, government dignitaries, leaders of indigenous communities and members of the scientific community to learn more about how our missions may change in this complicated operating environment.
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Environmental changes in the polar regions are boosting new economic opportunities and transforming maritime activity in the regions. Access to previously unreachable natural resources is now possible and is encouraging new sovereignty claims by Arctic nations.
As the cruise ship Crystal Serenity and her 1,700 passengers and crew began her maiden northerly voyage from Alaska to New York this past week, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Arctic Caucus co-chairman Sen. Angus King held engagements in Greenland to personally observe and better understand the changes occurring in the Arctic.