The Coast Guard placed a delivery order on Feb. 4, 2019, for 20 response boats-small II (RB-S IIs), worth approximately $8.5 million, with Metal Shark Boats of Jeanerette, Louisiana.
Two RB-S IIs were delivered to Los Angeles, California on Feb. 7 and Feb. 14, 2019.
Response Boat - Small II
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The response boat-small II is a high-speed, easily deployable asset designed to operate year-round in shallow waters along coastal borders.
The Coast Guard currently operates more than 400 Defender-class
RB-S boats, making it the largest vessel class in the Coast Guard fleet. The RB-S II, designed with an increased emphasis on function and crew comfort, will gradually replace the Defender-class RB-S as the older assets reach the end of their service life.
The RB-S replacement is one of the largest boat buys of its type for the Coast Guard. Under a phased, competitive procurement, the Coast Guard selected two vendors’ designs to compete in a down select process, testing each design against Coast Guard requirements and to verify industry’s ability to deliver to those requirements at a reasonable price. The Coast Guard awarded a delivery order valued at approximately $13 million Sept. 26, 2011, to Metal Shark Aluminum Boats for the production of 38 RB-S IIs. The contract allows for the procurement of up to 500 boats. Up to 470 boats will be delivered to shore units throughout the Coast Guard to perform port and waterway security, search and rescue, drug and migrant interdiction, environmental and other law enforcement missions. Up to 20 boats may be ordered by Customs and Border Protection and up to 10 by the U.S. Navy.
The response boat-small is a multi-mission platform, used for the full range of Coast Guard missions, including: search and rescue; vessel boarding team deployment and law enforcement missions; port security; drug and migrant interdiction and environmental response operations.
February 15, 2019 - Coast Guard Orders 20 Response Boats
October 3, 2018 - Coast Guard Orders Seven Response Boats
January 18, 2018 - Coast Guard Orders 20 Response Boats
June 5, 2017 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Orders 15 Response Boats
Nov. 4, 2016 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Completes Fiscal Year 2016 Response Boat Orders
Aug. 8, 2016 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Orders 39 Response Boats
July 13, 2016 - Coast Guard Accepts 200th Response Boat-Small II
Feb. 17, 2016 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Orders 14 Response Boats
Sept. 15, 2015 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Orders 61 Boats
Sept. 22, 2014 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Receives 100th Small Response Boat
Sept. 19, 2014 - Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Orders 44 Additional Response Boats
Sept. 25, 2013 - Acquisition Update: U.S. Coast Guard Orders 15 Response Boats-Small
May 8, 2013 - Deploying to a Coast Guard Station Near You: the Response Boat-Small II
RB-S II Fact Sheet