Congressman Mike Michaud tagged along for an ice breaking mission on the Penobscot. Michaud is a member of the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, which oversees laws related to the Coast Guard, shipping and all aspects of maritime transportation.” I’ve never been on a breaker before and I thought this was a good, opportune time to get on the breaker,” said Congressman Mike Michaud.Congressman Mike Michaud joined Rear Admiral Daniel Neptun, Commander of the First Coast Guard District, for an ice breaking ride on the Penobscot River.” Just to see the energy of our hard-working Coast Guardsmen, the things they do, the story speaks for itself,” said Neptun.A crew of six work on the cutter, Bridle.” Doing everything from ice breaking in wintertime, to search and rescue anytime of the year, as well as ports, waterways, security patrols, things like that,” said Neptun.As a member of the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, Congressman Michaud says it’s important for him to see the Coast Guard in action first hand.” Coast Guards do a lot of work year round. They’re an important part of our homeland security. We’ve got to make sure they have the tools that they need to do their job protecting the coast of the United States,” said Michaud.” We do have an aging fleet, aging aircraft and I think it’s just really good for any members of the committee to see what the Coast Guard does and the challenges we face,” added Neptun.” A lot of ships are old in age and I think it’s time for the United States to actually start reinvesting into the Coast Guard whether it’s an icebreaker such as this of another part of their fleet,” continued Michaud.Michaud says he learned a lot from the ice cutting trip and will take his experience on the Penobscot back to Washington D.C..” I’m very proud of our Coast Guard, they do a fantastic job. They’ve saved a lot of lives and they do a lot to protect us here in the United States,’ said Michaud.According to the Coast Guard, it conducts ice breaking for three general purposes: search and rescue, urgent community response and to help ferries navigate the water.