Arctic stakeholders gain momentum through historic forum

The United States Coast Guard has a rich history of operating in the Arctic, dating back to the acquisition of Alaska in the 1860s. More than 150 years of operations in one of the world’s most challenging environments has paved the way for recent historic events, including the Coast Guard Cutter Healy becoming the first U.S. surface vessel to reach the North Pole unaccompanied in September of last year.

Today, another milestone occurred when leaders representing all eight coast guard agencies of the Arctic nations signed a joint statement establishing the framework for the Arctic Coast Guard Forum’s multi-year strategic plan.

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