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E beneezer Scrooge would be proud. This is our annual United States Coast Guard edi- tion, and it could best be dubbed the “Christ- mas Carol” edition as we examine USCG

Past, USCG Present and USCG Future.

First looking back (but not too far back), and in step with our continued celebration of Maritime

Reporter & Engineering News’ 75th Anniversary,

Patricia Keefe takes an insightful look at the times, tribulations, leadership and legacy of Thad Allen, past Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. Allen is widely considered to be one of the transformational leaders in this position of all time, and by any mea- sure he is the defi nition of the word ‘leader,’ proven by a steady hand through disasters, both natural and man-made, across two Administrations. Allen was a natural choice for profi le in this edition, and the story starts on page 32.

Today, as many of you are well aware, the Coast

Guard continues its evolution under the guidance of USCG Commandant Admiral Bob Papp, who just a few days ago delivered his fi nal “State of the

Coast Guard” address.

As Edward Lundquist reports starting on page 28, the Coast Guard is in the midst of a massive rebuilding of its fl eet with 91 new cutters at an acquisition cost of about $21.1 billion. The Off- shore Patrol Cutter Program (OPC) has gotten much ink of late, with a planned 25 ships under the

OPC acquisition project. The contest is now down to three contractors, led by Bollinger Shipyards,

Eastern Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Bath

Iron works.

Looking to the USCG Future is Dennis Bryant in his article starting on page 20, “Arctic Taskings for the Coast Guard.” Earlier this year the White

House released the Implementation Plan for the

National Strategy for the Arctic Region, which sets forth the methodology, process and approach for ex- ecuting the strategy. In total there are 36 identifi ed taskings, and the USCG is front and center on more than half of them. Will this renewed attention on the importance of the Arctic fi nally mean a newbuild strategy for the Coast Guard icebreaking fl eet? I cannot say for sure, but it certainly should.

Finally, I am grateful to John Haynes for his ar- ticle “Chasing America’s Cup Boats,” this month’s cover story (which is in no small way due to lobby by Haynes himself). For those of you who do not know him, John Haynes is both fanatical and an incredible source of knowledge on the topic of fast craft, particularly in regards to the human-machine interaction. His article, starting on page 40, exam- ines the unique challenges faced by the power boat sector in keeping pace with the America’s Cup cata- marans which can accelerate to 40 knots in seconds, and how this challenge was met by Willard Marine (on this month’s cover); Naiad Infl atables (Team

USA) and Morrelli & Melvin, ENZ and Salthouse

Boatbuilders (Team New Zealand).



Past, Present & Future

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