Armed Forces News

Adm. Karl Schultz, the new Commandant of the Coast Guard, told an audience at a Washington, D.C, think tank that the service is experiencing the largest demand in its history. “Demand for Coast Guard services has never been higher,” Schultz said, in an Aug. 1 speech delivered at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, according to a report by Seapower Magazine. Schultz specifically cited increasing operations tempos in traditional Coast Guard missions such as drug interdiction and illegal migration, enhanced by new demands in the Arctic and Western Pacific oceans. He noted that successful counter-drug operations have resulted in a drop in related homicides in countries where the contraband is heavily trafficked. He also reiterated the need for a new heavy icebreaker cutter, to replace the aging Polar Star.