The following timely comment is from David Helvarg of Blue Frontier:
So when you look at the collapse of global fisheries and rise of piracy, seaborne migrants, coastal populations at risk, the growth of commercial shipping and impacts of fossil-fuel fired climate change including the opening of U.S. Arctic waters, the sensible response would be to double the Coast Guard in this decade and double it again by 2030 so it’s closer in size to the U.S. Marine Corps than the New York Police Department.
I would be happy if we could at least provide the Coasties with adequate vessels. Did you read this by Susan Schept at the Navy Times?
The Coast Guard responded first to Haiti after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake Jan. 12, but two of the 12 cutters that responded were in such embarrassingly bad shape that they had to leave for repairs, according to Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen. Ten needed serious work.
Just heartbreaking when you recall the stellar performance of the service during Hurricane Katrina, just one of many recent National crises in which the aging cutters were prepared for duty on a shoe-string budget.