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The Polar Star makes a resupply trip to Antarctic research stations each year, but the journey is increasingly challenging for the aging icebreaker.
Icebreaker Polar Star is the only ship that can smash its way through Antarctic ice, but the annual mission batters the aging vessel.
The Coast Guard turned down a request for an Arctic exercise out of concern the US’ only heavy icebreaker would break down and Russia would have...
The US' sole polar icebreaker, the Polar Star, is more than 40 years old, and keeping it running requires a lot of work.
The Coast Guard is asking for $15 million to keep its only heavy icebreaker afloat — and for $750 million to finally build a new one
"If we wait another four or five years" to build a new icebreaker, the head of the Coast Guard said, "it's not going to get easier any time in the future."
The Coast Guard’s only heavy icebreaker has been fighting engine failure and flooding in the frigid Antarctic
The harsh conditions take a heavy toll on the 41-year-old icebreaker.