Coast Guard Station Los Angeles-Long Beach retires aging small boat

SAN PEDRO, Calif. â?? Coast Guard Station Los Angeles-Long Beach crewmembers lift a 41-foot utility boat from the water for the last time at Station LA-LB, April 13, 2001. The 41-foot boats have been in service here since the 1970â??s and have been recently replaced by three 45-foot response boats. U. S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.SAN PEDRO, Calif. — Crewmembers at Coast Guard Station Los Angeles-Long Beach lifted a 41-foot utility boat from the water for the last time at the station, April 13.

Three 41-foot boats have been in service here since the 1970’s and have been used to conduct a variety of missions including search and rescue, security patrols, and law enforcement boardings.

“The 41-foot utility boat has served us well since the seventies,” explains Senior Chief Petty Officer Richard Cheyney, officer-in-charge of Station LA-LB. “Just like us, as we age we need more attention, more maintenance, and that has been our biggest challenge; keeping up with maintaining a 30-year-old boat.”

The boats have been replaced at the station by three 45-foot response boats that offer the crew better maneuverability, response capabilities, and comfort.

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