US lags behind Russia: two out of three American icebreakers are out of action


The USA pointed to the lagging behind the Russian Federation in icebreakers and called for the elimination of this phenomenon. That is the message in a new Anchorage Daily News article by former Coast Guard officer Barclay Lloyd.


The author notes that after decades of delays in replacing obsolete icebreakers at the federal authorities, finally, a positive shift is outlined. It is expressed, among other things, in the form of a contract for the construction of the first new icebreaker for the needs of the US Coast Guard.

Now, however, with two of the three American icebreakers out of service and the third facing restrictions, Senator Dan Sullivan is pushing for icebreaker leases to bridge the gap.

The idea is correct, the military expert notes, since both American and foreign icebreakers are available for rent, which were built thanks to the foresight of other Arctic countries.

While leased vessels may be an adequate replacement in some respects, they will lack the full range of essential capabilities found in purpose-built US Coast Guard icebreakers. The very ships, the commissioning of which will have to wait for a very long time.

Among other things, renting this kind will be much more expensive than using your own boats.

The United States lags shamefully behind Russia and China, as well as other Arctic nations, in the ability to conduct national security missions and vital scientific research on climate change where it is most visible

- notes the author.

Senator Sullivan, according to the publication, also put forward the idea of ​​locating a rented foreign icebreaker in Alaska, and preferably in the port of Dutch Harbor or Kodiak, rather than Seattle, where the current Coast Guard icebreaker fleet is now based.

From a geographical point of view, as well as from the point of view of the popularity of this idea among the voters of Alaska, this, of course, is preferable. However, after a cost estimate, the initiative is doomed to failure for several reasons, Lloyd said. Its practical implementation will only lead to dissatisfaction and an outflow of valuable personnel.

It should be noted that in recent years the American press has been writing quite a lot about Russian successes in the development of the Arctic and the Northern Sea Route, urging Washington not to be passive in this region. Nevertheless, even the long-term and unfulfilled plans of the United States, by all accounts, are still far from the opportunities that Russia already has at the moment.
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  1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
    Just a cat (Bayun) 16 December 2020 19: 17
    -1
    Give them icebreakers ... dog teams led by the Eskimos to help them in the development of the Arctic ...
  2. ODRAP Offline ODRAP
    ODRAP (Alexey) 16 December 2020 19: 46
    -8
    Chota rzhu.
    Yes, they will soon put their remaining icebreakers into a museum under glass. The guide will be busy telling the kids what they were needed for.
    "Uncle, what is ice?" bully
    Here on the [vegetable] Coast Guard? Protect the Belmedves? Or tourists from walruses? So there is no one there.
    And they are not going to sail in the Arctic, by surface ships, and for a nuclear submarine, an icebreaker is not needed ...
    All their body movements to build the LC is an elementary teasing. On the "weak" take.
    If they were needed, they would rivet in a year ...
    1. cmonman Offline cmonman
      cmonman (Garik Mokin) 16 December 2020 20: 12
      -6
      If they were needed, they would rivet in a year ...

      Quite right! But what a glue - we, Russia, are many years ahead! All “theirs” ice floes that have swum into our waters - we will crush / smash / destroy !!!!
      1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
        Just a cat (Bayun) 16 December 2020 20: 40
        +1
        What would they rivet from? Of shit and sticks? The Americans are already looking for spare parts for their icebreakers by buying ferrous metal. There is not enough money to upgrade the fleet and aviation. And Russia doesn't care about American ice floes. It is the Russian Arctic that haunts the Americans. They even tried to claim the rights on the territory. And in general it is interesting to read the comments of alternatively gifted garikov ... The Arctic is oil, gas, military bases and trade routes. And not a schachlik from a barge ...
        1. ODRAP Offline ODRAP
          ODRAP (Alexey) 16 December 2020 22: 29
          -4
          Exactly!
          Slept on the polymers!
          Lost nuclear technology, and gas carriers are being built in China ...
          Is it okay that their nuclear submarine reactors work for 40 years without recharging? That they have been building an avik and not a corvette for six years?
          And who needs the Russian Arctic, I wrote below.
      2. 123 Offline 123
        123 (123) 16 December 2020 20: 44
        +3
        If they were needed, they would rivet in a year ...

        Quite right! But what a glue - we, Russia, are many years ahead! All “theirs” ice floes that have swum into our waters - we will crush / smash / destroy !!!!

        Of course of course yes If you can't do it, then you just need to declare that no one needs it. Recently, the Norwegians said that they are building icebreakers in vain, they say ice in the Arctic is melting.
        1. cmonman Offline cmonman
          cmonman (Garik Mokin) 16 December 2020 20: 51
          -4
          Recently, the Norwegians said that they are building icebreakers in vain, they say ice in the Arctic is melting.

          And the amersky Congress, because of the melting ice, is in no hurry to spend money on icebreakers. For the US economy, which is in no hurry to develop its Arctic until they are needed, and to build its bases there - there are no enemies there!
          This is rich Russia surrounded, she needs icebreakers to dig trenches in the ocean ...
          1. 123 Offline 123
            123 (123) 16 December 2020 23: 55
            +3
            And the amersky Congress, because of the melting ice, is in no hurry to spend money on icebreakers. For the US economy, which is in no hurry to develop its Arctic until they are needed, and to build its bases there - there are no enemies there!
            This is rich Russia surrounded, she needs icebreakers to dig trenches in the ocean ...

            Well, wait for the weather from the sea. Good luck!
        2. ODRAP Offline ODRAP
          ODRAP (Alexey) 16 December 2020 22: 31
          -4
          The Norwegians don't understand ice types, right? laughing
          1. 123 Offline 123
            123 (123) 16 December 2020 23: 57
            +2
            The Norwegians don't understand ice types, right?

            But I know by what varieties you are an expert laughing
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      3. ODRAP Offline ODRAP
        ODRAP (Alexey) 16 December 2020 22: 26
        -5
        Learned the lessons of the arms race.
        Now, it seems that they are not hypermegaprojects, but boats.
        But the construction of an atomic icebreaker for Rosatomflot costs bad money. They expect to beat them off by exporting hydrocarbons from the Arctic ...
        1. Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) 17 December 2020 04: 59
          +1
          Yes Yes Yes!
          #the whole world knows how the villagers like to count other people's money in someone else's pocket.
          1. ODRAP Offline ODRAP
            ODRAP (Alexey) 17 December 2020 14: 12
            -3
            This is especially striking on Topkor and Topvar, when the Great Russians are discussing where the Ukrainians will get money for British boats, and whether the IMF will give the next tranche ...