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Coast Guard cutter Polar Star crew members on the ice about 13 miles from McMurdo Station in Antarctica, January 26, 2018.

A fire broke out aboard the US’s only heavy icebreaker in one of the most remote places on earth

The Polar Star makes a resupply trip to Antarctic research stations each year, but the journey is increasingly challenging for the aging icebreaker.
The Coast Guard cutter Polar Star breaks ice in McMurdo Sound near Antarctica, January 10, 2018.

The US’s only icebreaker made its annual trip to Antarctica, and it got banged up on the way

Icebreaker Polar Star is the only ship that can smash its way through Antarctic ice, but the annual mission batters the aging vessel.

A Chinese icebreaker ship crashed into an iceberg at the South Pole

China's icebreaker research ship Xue Long collided with an iceberg in western Antarctica's Amundsen Sea over the weekend, according to state media.
Coast Guard cutter Polar Star crew members on the ice about 13 miles from McMurdo Station in Antarctica, January 26, 2018.

The Coast Guard turned down a request for an Arctic exercise out of concern the US’ only heavy icebreaker would break down and Russia would have...

The US' sole polar icebreaker, the Polar Star, is more than 40 years old, and keeping it running requires a lot of work.
The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.

A Russian icebreaker caught fire in St. Petersburg — the latest in a series of shipyard accidents

The icebreaker Viktor Chernomyrdin has been waylaid for years by other problems, and the Tuesday fire is likely to add to its woes.

An NPR host who’s interviewed thousands of people over 45 years has the only icebreaker you’ll ever need, and it’s just 4 words

Etiquette experts recommend avoiding asking someone "What do you do?" NPR's Terry Gross has a better way to start conversations.
Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star opens a channel to McMurdo Station in Antarctica for the supply ship Ocean Giant, January 26, 2015.

Great-power competition is growing in the Arctic, but lawmakers want to cut funding for the US’s next icebreaker

A spending bill recently produced by the House of Representatives excludes funding for the US's next heavy polar icebreaker, which Democrats contend puts the US at a serious disadvantage in Arctic amid rising military competition and oil and gas exploration.
The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star cuts through Antarctic ice in the Ross Sea near a large group of seals as the ship’s crew creates a navigation channel for supply ships, January 16, 2017.

The Coast Guard is asking for $15 million to keep its only heavy icebreaker afloat — and for $750 million to finally build a new one

"If we wait another four or five years" to build a new icebreaker, the head of the Coast Guard said, "it's not going to get easier any time in the future."
Russian icebreaker Yamal during the removal of manned drifting station North Pole-36 in August 2009.

The head of the Coast Guard says Russia has ‘all the pieces on the chessboard’ in the Arctic — but the US has ‘only got a coup...

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft told Business Insider that Russia's moves in the Arctic look "eerily familiar'