Report finds Coast Guard fleet deteriorating

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The operational capacity of the Coast Guard has deteriorated due to a legacy fleet in poor condition, with the prospects for future capacity gaps all but assured, the Government Accountability Office says.

The 378-foot high endurance cutters in particular fell short, averaging in those years to be without a major problem just 44 percent of the time. High- and medium-endurance cutters are near the end of their service lives — or already past it, but without an immediate replacement due to an ongoing recapitalization program that's taken longer than expected.

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