Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) is pressing President Trump to support a block buy of Arctic icebreakers, arguing the move will save the government “hundreds of millions of dollars.”

The Coast Guard has just two fully functional icebreakers, only one of which is a heavy-duty icebreaker. The cost of building additional Arctic icebreakers, special-purpose ships designed to navigate through ice-covered waters, is estimated at approximately $1 billion each.

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