Schultz: Coast Guard Readiness at a 'Tipping Point'

Schultz: Coast Guard Readiness at a 'Tipping Point'
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Unlike the other military services, the Coast Guard has not received budgetary relief to eliminate its maintenance backlog and keep cutters on patrol and helicopters flying or to address aging infrastructure problems pier-side, the commandant of the Coast Guard told a House panel on Tuesday.

While there has been money earmarked for the new polar security cutter and 25 offshore patrol cutters, the Coast Guard needs to emphasize readiness in the $11.3-billion request for the coming fiscal year, Adm. Karl Schultz said before the House Homeland Security transportation and maritime security subcommittee.

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