Adm. Papp testifies at Senate hearing

Adm. Bob Papp testifies on budget

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp provides testimony before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard about the Coast Guard’s fiscal year 2012 budget in the Russell Senate Office in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard Subcommittee about the Coast Guard’s fiscal year 2012 budget today.

During the hearing, Adm. Papp provided an oral statement where he provided examples of current Coast Guard operations and the critical need to replace the Coast Guard’s aging fleet:

“Our most pressing challenge is recapitalizing our major cutter fleet – that is high endurance and medium endurance cutters. Ships that were designed to last a quarter century are now approaching a half century of service life – 50 years of waves, wind and salt spray – 50 years of performing concentrated, punishing, at-sea operations. It has taken its toll. We are losing hundreds of patrol days each year due to break-downs.”

Click here to read Adm. Papp’s written testimony and here to read his oral testimony. Video of the hearing is available here.

Click here for a fact sheet on the Coast Guard’s FY 2012 budget request and here for the Coast Guard’s 2011 Posture statement with a detailed look at the FY 2012 budget.

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