MILITARY

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Updated 9/23/19

After making a brief stop over the weekend, a large U.S. Navy ship is expected to call on Unalaska again — and stay for longer — next week.

"It's going to be noticeable," said Bailey Young, who's helping to organize the visit on behalf of the Unalaska Visitors Bureau. "They're not going be here for just a day."

Young was a member of the Navy for six years before moving to Unalaska. She said island residents should expect the port calling to be an even busier event than a cruise ship or U.S. Coast Guard cutter visit.

United States Coast Guard

Facing court-martial for murder, U.S. Coast Guard seaman Ethan Tucker has been ordered to stay in confinement at a military prison while he awaits his next hearing. 

The 21-year-old was charged last month with killing his shipmate Ethan Kelch, 19, while the Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro was in Unalaska in January

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U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan wants to increase Arctic security infrastructure throughout Alaska. During a short visit to Unalaska last week, he said the island and its port will play a role in that vision. Still, he stopped short of giving any specifics.

As Russia and China work to expand their influence in the Arctic, Sullivan said federal officials in the U.S. are finally starting to recognize the strategic importance of the region — a recognition that may result in a greater military presence in the Aleutian Islands.

City of Unalaska

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan is visiting Unalaska Wednesday as part of a trip dedicated to Arctic security.

According to his staff, Alaska's junior senator is touring several communities that house U.S. Coast Guard units to discuss the "commerce and security challenges" facing areas in and near the Arctic.

Sullivan, a Republican, is traveling with Coast Guard Vice Commandant Charles Ray, as well as U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican who chairs the Senate commerce committee.

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