Coast Guard Wants a New Fleet

With a price tag to match


Despite a tight budget, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp emphasized the need to continue with the service's recapitalization plan.

"I know it's tough budget times, but we're not asking for a lot," Papp said during a speech at a Navy League Special Topics breakfast Thursday in Arlington, Va.

Papp said the Coast Guard's plan to build eight national security cutters, 58 fast response cutters and 160 medium response boats remains unchanged. The commandant would not address specific questions about possible sequestration cuts and the affect that may have on acquisition plans, saying he had not received any guidance from the Office of Management and Budget.