Congress holds hearing on Coast Guard assets

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The House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing Wednesday to examine the Coast Guard acquisition program to replace aging assets.

The hearing, chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R.-N.J.), included testimony concerning plans to replace aging vessels and aircraft.

The Coast Guard’s acquisition programs have “suffered through some dark days,” LoBiondo said at the hearing.

Although the Coast Guard has remained committed to making necessary acquisitions, “I fear that for every two steps forward we may still be taking one step back,” LoBiondo said.

“I’m very concerned about the recent discovery that Coast Guard Stratton, the third and newest National Security Cutter, is in need of an emergency dry dock to fix leaky hull plating,” LoBiondo said. “I know there is an investigation into what caused this steel to fail, but it is extremely troubling to see the newest ship in the fleet, and the most expensive cutter in Coast Guard history, needing emergency repairs.”

Click here for the full release from the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Click here for the full testimony from Vice Adm. John P. Currier, deputy commandant for mission support, to the House subcommittee.

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