Oct. 3, 2018 —
A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Juneau, Alaska, tests the capabilities of a new 29-foot response boat-small II (RB-S II) near the station July 10, 2018. The Coast Guard placed a delivery order for seven additional RB-S IIs Sept. 26, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios.
The Coast Guard placed a delivery order for seven response boats-small II (RB-S IIs), worth approximately $3.0 million, with Metal Shark Boats of Jeanerette, Louisiana, Sept. 26. The boats are targeted for delivery starting in spring 2019 and will be primarily stationed in the Seattle, Washington area.
The 29-foot RB-S IIs are replacing the 25-foot RB-S which is being phased out. The new boats can reach a top speed of over 40 knots and are used for a range of missions, including search and rescue, vessel boarding team deployment and law enforcement missions, port security, drug and migrant interdiction, and environmental response operations.
This brings the total of RB-S IIs ordered to 350; 318 RB-S IIs have been delivered.
For more information: Boat Acquisition program page