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Response Boat Small Class 25-FOOT (RB-S)

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Designed exclusively for the United States Coast Guard by SAFE Boats International, the RB-S (Response Boat Small) "Defender" Class will combat terrorism and keep the country's borders secure.25 Foot Response Boat Small

The RB-S is noteworthy for its speed and maneuverability. Time from zero to plane is under 4 seconds and with a top speed over 40 knots, the RB-S is the perfect fast response security, SAR or LE platform. The RB-S has a 102-inch beam and low profile making it easy to trailer, store, or load onto a C130 aircraft.  The RB-S comes with a full cabin to protect the crew from weather.

The RB-S has the direct benefit of years of evolutionary USCG Non-Standard boat history to maximize its operational availability. The USCG began accepting delivery of boats in the summer of 2003 at the rate of 2 or 3 each week.  The RB-S fleet is expected to consist of 350 boats, though that number may grow to 700 depending on funding and the growing Homeland Security missions.  The RB-S will be the largest boat fleet ever acquired by the Coast Guard and one of the largest of its type in the world.

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