Adm. Papp testifies at Senate Appropriations hearing

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp testifies on the FY13 Coast Guard budget before the Senate Committee on Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp testifies on the FY13 Coast Guard budget before the Senate Committee on Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp testified before the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Homeland Security Subcommittee, about the Coast Guard’s fiscal year 2013 (FY 2013) budget today.

Adm. Papp read an oral statement early in the hearing where he discussed the three regions of focus for the Coast Guard’s layered maritime security: overseas, offshore and inshore. He then talked about investments made in the inshore region since 9/11 and went on to state this is the last place America wants to confront threats – near our ports. He then addressed the offshore region and offered the following concern:

“Our offshore cutter fleet is aging, antiquated and increasingly less effective. Even with the best efforts of our crews and the support from this subcommittee, the state of our major cutter fleet – most of which is in excess of 40-years-old – is alarming.”

Papp followed up by stating:

“If we do not have capable and reliable cutters, we cannot mount a response, we cannot enforce our laws, and we cannot adequately protect our national interests, it’s that simple. This is why we must continue to build new major cutters such as the sixth National Security Cutter as quickly as possible.”

Papp’s written and oral testimony are available on the Coast Guard Senior Leadership page.

For more information visit the Coast Guard’s FY 2013 budget request fact sheet or the Coast Guard’s 2012 Posture Statement with a detailed look at the FY 2013 budget.

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