The Coast Guard is on track to deliver plans for a new generation of potentially nuclear-powered icebreakers to the White House by August 10, just two months after the Trump administration issued a surprise public directive to do so. For decades, the US has only used nuclear power on its supercarriers and submarines. Russia has nine nuclear-powered icebreakers. The ability to go long voyages without refueling is attractive in the infrastructure-poor Arctic, especially given the immense power demands of plowing a ship through ice.
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