Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star to be Reactivated

SEATTLE — Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant, will announce the reactivation of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star on Wednesday March 10.  The Polar Star is a Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker. Commissioned in 1976, the ship was built by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle, Washington along with her sister ship, Polar Sea.

The Polar Star has been in “Caretaker” status since June 30, 2006.  Caretaker status requires that the crew be reduced to 34 and that the ship be kept ready for reactivation and return to the ice.

At the reactivation press conference, Admiral Allen will discuss Arctic ice operations, Coast Guard polar operations and the future of the Polar Class icebreakers.

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