USCGC Polar Star made it again, but sooner or later their luck will run out…
$1billion for an icebreaker…it’s a ship, not a spaceship. I think the Russians built a nuclear icebreaker for less than half of that.
The nuclear-powered ones cost about a billion each. It’s not clear as they are severely behind schedule and the exchange rate has changed a lot in the past few years.
Anyway, RFP for the USCG HPIB is expected later this month: