Coast Guard’s new Response Boat-Medium goes into service

The Coast Guard’s new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M), makes its debut today in Virginia Beach, Virginia. If the photo above is any indication, the new boat is ready for action.

According to the Coast Guard, the RB-M is a self-righting, 45-foot all-aluminum boat with twin diesel engines and water jet propulsion. It is capable of speeds in excess of 46 miles per hour and provides significantly improved maneuverability when compared to boats it is replacing.

With a full cabin providing protection from the elements, a robust navigation system, heating and air conditioning, shock mitigating seats, and a communication system capable of communicating with other federal, state and local agencies, the RB-M provides greatly enhanced capability for Coast Guard small boat stations.

The RB-M is a multi-mission boat that will operate in coastal zones which include inshore and inland waterways and open ocean out to 50-nautical-miles.

The Coast Guard selected Station Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Virginia to receive the first RB-M based on the wide range of missions performed by the station. Future RB-M deliveries will go to a variety of Coast Guard Stations based on their unique mission requirements.

Source: United States Coast Guard

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