The U.S. Coast Guard awarded a delivery order valued at approximately $89 million on February 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 on the RB-M, please visit http://www.uscg.mil/acquisition/rbm/default.asp.