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The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy (foreground), a "medium" icebreaker, and the Polar Star (background), a "heavy" plow, are the only two American military vessels sailing the Arctic. Russia has deployed nearly 40 icebreakers in the increasingly busy and contested region. (Associated Press)