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Response Boat Medium

RBM characteristics/features


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Acquisition Milestones

 October 2001 The Coast Guard establishes the RB-M program.
 October 2002 The Coast Guard awards contracts to three vendors to produce a test boat of each design for phase 1.
 October 2003 Phase 1 is completed with delivery of test boats to the Coast Guard.
 June 21, 2006 After evaluating the test boats, the service selected and awarded phase 2 of the contract to Marinette Marine Corp. of Marinette, Wisconsin, for construction of up to 250 RB-Ms.
 July 2007 Construction begins on first RB-M.
 March 31, 2008 The Coast Guard delivers first RB-M to Station Little Creek, Virginia.  
 April 7, 2008 The service begins operational testing and evaluation, an 18-month period to verify that the boats meet operational effectiveness and suitability requirements.  
 March 17, 2015 The Coast Guard accepted delivery of the 174th RB-M – the final RB-M produced – achieving full operational capability. 
 June 2015 The Acquisition Directorate RB-M program transferred full responsibility for supporting the boats to the Coast Guard sustainment community. 
 May 19, 2017 The Coast Guard completes an RB-M electrical retrofit program.

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