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The Coast Guard accepted delivery of the 34th fast response cutter (FRC), William Hart, in Key West, Florida, May 23, 2019.

The Coast Guard commissioned the 32nd FRC, Benjamin Bottoms, in San Pedro, California, May 1, 2019.

The Coast Guard commissioned the 31st FRC, Terrell Horne, in San Pedro, California, March 22, 2019.

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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