The U.S. Coast Guard today placed a delivery order with Metal Shark Aluminum Boats of Jeanerette, La., for 20 new Response Boats-Small. The delivery order is valued at $6.6 million. This latest delivery order brings the total number of boats on order to 84. To date, 41 RB-S IIs have been delivered to the Coast Guard.
The RB-S II replaces the Defender-class RB-S fleet, first acquired in 2002. The RB-S II has a length of 29 feet, is capable of achieving speeds over 45 knots and has a range of 150 nautical miles. The RB-S II is outfitted with a standardized communications and navigation suite and was designed with an increased emphasis on ergonomics and crew comfort. The RB-S II will be operated by a crew of up to four.
The RB-S is assigned to various units including the Maritime Safety and Security Teams (MSST), the Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT), Marine Safety Units (MSU), and to shore stations throughout the coastal United States. The RB-S is a multi-mission platform, used for the full range of Coast Guard missions, including: search and rescue; vessel boarding team deployment and law enforcement missions; port security; drug and migrant interdiction and environmental response operations.
More information on the Response Boat-Small II can be found online at: http://www.uscg.mil/acquisition/rbs/default.asp.