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Trump orders Arctic ice-breaker fleet

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Trump orders Arctic ice-breaker fleet
The Coast Guard cutter Healy sits in the ice about 715 miles north of Barrow, Alaska, in the Arctic. Congress and the president have agreed to fund a new icebreaker to patrol the Arctic Ocean. (NyxoLyno Cangemi/U.S. Coast Guard)

U.S. President Trump ordered a review of the country’s requirements for icebreaking capabilities in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, with the goal of getting a fleet in place by 2029, according to a memo released Tuesday, Defense News reports.

The memo was directed at the Defense, State, Commerce and Homeland Security departments, as well as the Office of Management and Budget.

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