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Checking in on China's Nuclear Icebreaker
September 05, 2019

Checking in on China's Nuclear Icebreaker

By Trym Aleksander Eiterjord
Speculation has trailed the news that China’s first nuclear-powered icebreaker ship was in the works.

China Launches First Domestically Built Polar Icebreaker
September 11, 2018

China Launches First Domestically Built Polar Icebreaker

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Xuelong 2 launched on September 10 and is expected to be deployed next year.
China’s Planned Nuclear Icebreaker
July 17, 2018

China’s Planned Nuclear Icebreaker

By Trym Aleksander Eiterjord
The commissioning of the country’s first nuclear-powered icebreaker is poised to bridge a wide range of national ambitions.

Will Russia Arm Its Icebreaker Fleet With Supersonic Cruise Missiles?
May 23, 2017

Will Russia Arm Its Icebreaker Fleet With Supersonic Cruise Missiles?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The head of the U.S. Coast Guard claims that Russia’s new class of icebreakers will be fully-fledged warships.

$20 Million Contract: US Coast Guard Moves Forward With Icebreaker Acquisition
February 25, 2017

$20 Million Contract: US Coast Guard Moves Forward With Icebreaker Acquisition

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The service awarded multiple contracts for heavy polar icebreaker industry studies this week.

China Begins Construction of Polar Icebreaker
December 22, 2016

China Begins Construction of Polar Icebreaker

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The new vessel is expected to be commissioned in 2019.

Will the US Coast Guard Close the ‘Icebreaker Gap’?
January 14, 2016

Will the US Coast Guard Close the ‘Icebreaker Gap’?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. Coast Guard’s initiative to build additional icebreakers is gaining momentum.
Russia and China in the Arctic: Is the US Facing an Icebreaker Gap?
September 07, 2015

Russia and China in the Arctic: Is the US Facing an Icebreaker Gap?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Among other things, Russia will introduce the design for a new super-nuclear icebreaker by the end of 2015.

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