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September 22, 2008


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The national requirement for a strategic icebreaking capability is unquestionable. Having it ensures us access to parts of the world that are likely to see trouble in the future. As the ice cover shrinks, for whatever reason, more and more nations will take interest in the shipping lanes and natural resources available there. There's still a winter season, and the lanes still freeze, and only a capability like this can ensure we can get into the region should one of our ships get in trouble. Think pirates of the frozen north...

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