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Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M)

45 Foot Response Boat Medium 45 Foot Response Boat Medium

The 45-foot RB-M replaces the 41-foot Utility Boat (UTB) that served many small boat stations for more than 30 years. The RB-M is an aluminum, self-righting, high-speed, multi-mission capable boat, operable from Coast Guard shore stations. The RB-M is able to respond rapidly to Coast Guard missions, or conduct planned patrols and training. The manufacturer of the 45’ RB-M is Marinette Marine Corporation of Marinette, Wisconsin, in coordination with Kvichak Marine Industries of Seattle, Washington. It is powered by twin Detroit Diesel engines each with 825 BHP at 2300 RPM. Station Cape May is one of just a handful Coast Guard units authorized to operate the boat in heavy weather up to 12-foot seas and 50-knot winds. As of January 24, 2013, 113 of 166 boats ordered have been delivered.

Coast Guard 25-foot Defender Class Bravo Response Boat-Small (RB-S)

25 foot Response Boat Small

Originally developed as a replacement for 300 shore based non-standard boats, the RB-S has additionally become the platform to increase the long term homeland security capability at shore stations in the wake of the tragic event of September 11, 2001. The RB-S is very similar to the rapidly procured RB-HS boat, but with dozens of improvements to include a reinforced bow, full shock mitigating seating, larger cabin and LED navigation lights. The RB-S was produced at over 100 boats per year and eventually replaced almost all shore based non-standard response boats and the RB-HS boats assigned to the Coast Guard's Maritime Safety and Security Teams (MSST). The RB-S acquisition provided up to 700 standard response boats, making it one of the largest boats buys of its type in the world. Several RB-S boats have already been ordered by other homeland security agencies and foreign countries for their maritime homeland security missions.

Coast Guard 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water (SPC-SW)

24 Foot Special Purpose Craft

The SPC-SW is a joint Coast Guard and CBP acquisition that was started in October 2006. The intent of the acquisition was to recapitalize SPC-SW allowances with a standard special purpose craft that provides increased capabilities. This platform was competed in an aggressive two phased acquisitions process. The contract was awarded to Metal Shark Aluminum Boats, who also manufactures the 26' Trailerable Aids to Navigation Boat (TANB). Station Cape May uses the SPC-SW primarily in the intracoastal waterways due to its ability to raise its engines for shallow water depths using its jacking plates.

Last Modified 12/21/2015