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Adm. Paul Zukunft: Budget Uncertainty Would Affect Coast Guard Readiness

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Adm. Paul Zukunft, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, has said a lack of full-year appropriations would harm the service branch’s readiness programs, DoD News reported Wednesday.

Lisa Ferdinando writes Zukunft told reporters Wednesday that a continuing resolution would “sideline” military branches including the Coast Guard and that his biggest concern is to achieve budget certainty.

A continuing resolution that currently funds government operations is set to expire April 28.

The report said the Coast Guard aims to grow its fleet of 58 fast-response cutters; add a ninth national security cutter; and expand its fleet of six icebreakers for missions in the polar regions.

Zukunft added the branch faces an increasing backlog of shore maintenance works.

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