Coast Guard’s Newest Small Boat to Debut in Little Creek

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard’s newest search and rescue tool, the 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M), will make its debut at Coast Guard Station Little Creek, Va., Monday.

Following successful Builders’ Trials in Tacoma, Wash., last February and developmental testing and evaluation (DT&E) at Fort Monroe, Va., on April 3, the RB-M will officially make its first appearance at Coast Guard Station Little Creek.

The RB-M is a multi-mission capable boat expected to operate in coastal zones which include inshore and inland waterways and open ocean out to 50 nautical miles, but will routinely operate in shallow water. As an operational Coast Guard asset, it will rapidly respond to any Coast Guard mission on very short notice and will conduct planned patrols and training. It will replace the 41-foot utility boat which has been the workhorse of Coast Guard coastal stations for more than 25 years.

The Coast Guard awarded the RB-M contract to Manitowoc, Wis.-based Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) on June 21, 2006. The RB-M design and construction was done primarily at MMC’s lead subcontractor, Seattle-based Kvichak Marine Industries (KMI).

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