Friday, January 16, 2015

Zukunft: Ships needed for Arctic, drug interdiction

Zukunft: Ships needed for Arctic, drug interdiction: The Coast Guard's 11 missions keep the service up to its neck in operations. Things are under control, the service's top officer said Thursday, but there are a few key areas where they're stretched thin.

Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft made his case for more ships, airplanes and resources, though the service already has a long acquisition list to tackle.

"We're a small service, but as always, we do punch above our weight class," Zukunft said In his Thursday speech before the annual Surface Navy Association symposium in Arlington, Virginia.

Some highlights from Zukunft's speech and Q&A before hundreds of sailors, Coast Guardsmen and contractors: