Coast Guard could see more funding in new Senate legislation to help deal with Arctic challenges from Russia and China | Military


WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard will step up operations in the increasingly contested Arctic region, crack down on illegal fishing and forced labor, and improve response to oil spills under legislation approved Wednesday by a Senate committee wary of competition from Russia and China.

Members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee said the Coast Guard’s mission grows in importance as melting ice in the Arctic creates a new frontier for economic and shipping opportunities. Russia and China are developing a robust military presence in the region, with Russia having the largest icebreaker fleet in the world and China planning to build the largest icebreaker.

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