Biden says Coast Guard faces growing demands

May 22, 2013, 4:03 am

By MICHAEL MELIA

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden told cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy that they face a world in which their job is getting more complicated.

Biden spoke Wednesday at the 132nd commencement of the service academy in New London where 227 cadets are graduating as junior officers.

Biden says in addition to the Coast Guard's traditional roles, the cadets will conduct more remote operations in the Arctic as global warming opens new sea routes and continue supporting other branches of the armed forces in securing maritime shipping lanes.

Biden also said his thoughts and prayers are with the tornado victims in Oklahoma. He praised Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for his handling of the Newtown school shooting and said Malloy knows what it's like "to go through such travails."

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