Last Miami Coast Guard 41-foot Utility Boat to Retire

USCG file photo

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Coast Guard Station Miami Beach personnel will retire their last 41-foot Utility Boat (UTB) from service Thursday. The station’s UTB will depart with an escort consisting of a flotilla of Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, and partner agency vessels, as well as air assets from Coast Guard Air Station Miami and the Miami-Dade Police Department.

The UTBs were built from 1972 through 1979 and have been considered the workhorse for the Coast Guard throughout the past four decades. They have been used for numerous missions ranging from search and rescue to drug interdiction operations. In 2008, the UTBs started being phased out as part of the Coast Guard’s modernization efforts.

The UTBs are being replaced by the 45-foot Response Boat Medium (RBM), the Coast Guard’s newest small boat class with state-of-the-art capabilities. Coast Guard Station Miami Beach has recently received two RBMs for operational use.

The parade of boats will be visible in the Government Cut area shortly after 9 a.m.

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