Aircraft and Cutters

25-Foot Defender Class Boat (RB-HS/RB-S)

Thumbnail photo of 25 foot Defender class Boat

Characteristics:


Length: 25ft
Engines: 2X225 HP Four-stroke Gas Honda engines
Max Speed: 45+ knot
Cruising range of 50NM at 35 knots
Minimum crew of 2
Max seas of 6 ft
Survivable in up to 10 ft seas

 

Developed in a direct response to the need for additional Homeland Security assets in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the Defender Class boats were procured under an emergency acquisition authority. With a contract for up to 700 standard response boats, the Defender Class acquisition is one of the largest boat buys of its type in the world. The 100 boat Defender A Class (RB-HS) fleet began arriving at units in MAY 2002 and continued through AUG 2003. After several configuration changes, most notably a longer cabin and shock mitigating rear seats, the Defender B Class (RB-S) boats were born. This fleet was first delivered to the field in OCT 2003, and there are approximately 300 RB-S boats in operation.

The Defender Class boats currently in operation are assigned to the Coast Guards Maritime Safety and Security Teams (MSST), Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT), Marine Safety Units (MSU), and Boat Stations throughout the Coast Guard. With an overall length of 25 feet, two 225 horsepower outboard engines, unique turning radius, and gun mounts boat forward and aft, the Defender Class boats are exceptional waterborne assets for conducting fast and high speed maneuvering tactics in a small deployable package. This is evidenced in the fact that several Defender Class boats are already in operation by other Homeland Security Department agencies as well as foreign military services for their homeland security missions.

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Last Modified 4/11/2014