Obama to propose building of new icebreakers to protect US interests in Arctic

September 1, 2015 6:23 AM

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Obama to propose building of new icebreakers to protect US interests in Arctic

FILE - In this March 10, 2010, file photo, a 25-foot harbor patrol boat passes by the 399-foot U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star as it sits moored at a dock in Seattle. While Russia and China have dozens of icebreakers, opposition in Congress to funding means the U.S. has just one heavy-duty one, already a decade past its decommissioning date. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) (The Associated Press)

President Obama will ask Congress Tuesday to speed up the construction of new icebreaker ships in order to protect U.S. interests and resources in the Arctic, amid growing concern that the U.S. has ceded influence to Russia in the strategic waters.

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