The Coast Guard Cutter Manta was commissioned in May of 2000.
The 87ft Coastal Patrol Boat has several enhancements over the past 82s, including improved mission sea keeping abilities (up to sea state 5), significantly upgraded habitability, and compliance with all current and projected environmental protection lawspped with an integrated bridge system including an electronic chart display system (ECDIS) which interfaces with the CG’s new surface search radar.This cutter is the smallest, multi-mission patrol vessel employed by the Coast Guard. It is designed to perform its missions out to 200nm in the coastal waters of the United States. It also employs an innovative stern launch and recovery system using an Aluminum hulled inboard diesel powered waterjet boat.
The CGC Manta is capable of performing all of the CG's Missions but focuses on: Search and Rescue - Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security - Domestic Fisheries Enforcement - Marine Environmental Protection - Enforcement of Laws and Treaties - Protection of Living Marine Resources.
The Manta is moored at Coast Guard Station Freeport on Surfside Beach. Surfside Beach is a great place to visit and located just a few miles away from Freeport and Lake Jackson. The area is family friendly and has a great economy with many job opportunities.