New commanding officer to take charge of response boat project office

SEATTLE – Commander Jerry Doherty will relinquish command of the Response Boat – Medium Project Resident Office (RB-M PRO) to Commander Scott Washburn on August 8, 2008 in Kent, Wash.
The RB-M PRO represents the Coast Guard during the building of approximately 180 new response boats by the Marinette Marine Corporation, the project’s prime contractor.

Doherty assumed command of the RB-M PRO on April 27, 2005, after serving as deputy project manager of the Response Boat – Medium project in Washington, D.C. Doherty will be promoted to captain and assume duties as project manager of the Nationwide Automatic Information System project at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Washburn is reporting to the RB-M PRO after serving as the engineer officer at Integrated Support Command Honolulu. His previous tours of duty included service as executive officer for the RB-M project in Washington, D.C., engineer officer of Group Sault Ste Marie, Mich., and staff ocean engineer at Civil Engineering Unit Providence, R.I.

The Response Boat – Medium is a multi-mission vessel that will operate in coastal zones which include inshore and inland waterways and open ocean out to 50-nautical-miles. It will replace the aging 41-foot response boats, which have been the workhorse of Coast Guard boat stations for more than a quarter of a century. This self-righting, 45-foot all-aluminum boat with twin diesel engines and water jet propulsion will significantly enhance the Coast Guard’s capabilities.

With a full cabin providing protection from the elements, a robust navigation system, heating and air conditioning, shock absorbing seats, and a communication system compatible with other federal, state and local agencies, the Response Boat – Medium provides greatly enhanced capability for Coast Guard boat stations. Primary missions for the Response Boat – Medium include search and rescue; ports, waterways, and coastal security; defense readiness; and marine environmental protection.

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