NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson touted the modernization of the Coast Guard fleet in a speech to graduating cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Johnson was the keynote speaker at Wednesday's commencement for 181 United States cadets and five from other nations.
Johnson credited the president and Congress for building the Coast Guard a new fleet of national security cutters and a new fleet of fast-response cutters. He said plans are on track for a new fleet of off-shore patrol cutters and a new heavy ice-breaker is in the design phase.
Johnson, who is black, also spent some time reflecting on the nation's progress in race relations. He said the idea of a black president was inconceivable to him when he was a college student.