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November 29, 2012 6:43 AM

Unused Alaskan ice-breaking ferry may have a job in the tropics

The Mat-Su Borough's ice-breaking ferry may finally get a job -- in the tropics. The $80 million vessel, named the Susitna, was born out of a unique partnership between the U.S. Navy, which wanted a prototype for a fast military landing craft, and the borough, which wanted an ice-breaking ferry to transport commuters across Knik Arm. But the ferry has never been put to work.

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