Buffalo Coast Guard station accepts new, more capable response boat

9th Coast Guard District NewsBUFFALO, N.Y. — The crew of Coast Guard Station Buffalo, N.Y., took delivery Thursday of the station’s new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, built by Marinette Marine, of Manitowoc, Wis.

The station crew has been running tests on the new boat out of the Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, demonstrating its advanced capabilities. The RB-M can respond faster than previous boats of similar size with a top speed in excess of 40 knots, has advanced search capability with an installed forward-looking infrared search technology. Additionally, with twin jet propulsion, the vessel is able to respond in shallower water.

The boat has a deep-V, double-chine hull, which provides a balance of performance and stability. The vessel is also self-righting. If it capsizes in rough seas, the boat is designed to right itself.

“This boat further enhances our ability to be ‘Always Ready,’” said Chief Petty Officer Dennis O’Connell, officer-in-charge of Station Buffalo. “This is the promise the Coast Guard has made to the nation.”

It can handle heavy seas and waves up to 12 feet and carry up to 25 people.

“This will be a great asset for us,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas D’Amore, executive petty officer of the station. “It really increases our capabilities. With increased technology, we are able to respond quicker to a better defined location.”

The RB-M is being added to Station Buffalo’s current complement, consisting of two 25-foot Response Boats-Small and one 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boat.

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