Polar Security Cutter’s Capabilities Must Match Its Name

n>According to a VT Halter press release, the vessels will be 460 feet in length, have a beam of 88 feet overall, and displace approximately 23,000 long tons. Their propulsion will be diesel-electric with more than 45,200 horsepower, and they will be capable of breaking ice between six- to eight-feet thick. They will accommodate 186 personnel comfortably for an extended endurance of 90 days. The unresolved question is, will these ships have the military capabilities their name implies? Read Full Article »


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