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Contract Awarded for an Additional 40 Response Boats-Medium

Feb. 10, 2012

Response Boat-Medium
The RB-Ms provide greater effectiveness in search and rescue missions and are a more capable platform for enforcement of laws and treaties; ports, waterways and coastal security; defense operations; recreational boating safety; and marine environmental protection missions. Interoperability of the RB-Ms with other Coast Guard assets greatly enhances the Coast Guard’s command and control in the conduct of its missions. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The U.S. Coast Guard awarded a delivery order valued at approximately $89 million on Feb. 9 to Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) for the production of 40 additional Response Boats-Medium (RB-M). This delivery order enables MMC to continue at full-rate production; the contractor is delivering at least 30 boats per year, which is more than one boat every two weeks. Production is currently underway at two facilities in Green Bay, Wis., and Kent, Wash.

Since March 2008, 81 RB-Ms have been delivered to Coast Guard stations around the country. The RB-Ms are designed to meet Coast Guard mission requirements for search and rescue; ports, waterways and coastal security; drug interdiction; and migrant interdiction. The RB-Ms replace the Coast Guard’s aging class of 41-foot Utility Boats and other large nonstandard boats with standardized assets more capable of meeting the Coast Guard’s multimission operational requirements.

For more information: Response Boats-Medium project page

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