Explore the aircraft, cutters and boats used by the Coast Guard to conduct various missions throughout the world.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Alex Sheltra prepares to haul aboard a tow line after receiving a heaving line from a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew in the Port of Valdez, Alaska, Oct. 10, 2018. The Station Valdez crews conducted training that included search patterns and vessel towing. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nate Littlejohn
The 45-foot response boat-medium is being procured to replace the 41-foot utility boat. Unlike the 41-foot utility boat, the RB-M has the ability to self-right if it should ever capsize. This feature allows the RB-M to operate in higher seas, ensuring the crew comes home safely The RB-M is an all-aluminum boat that has a wireless crew communication system and is powered by twin diesel engines and water jet propulsion..