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Response Boat - Small II

For more photos of the Response Boat-Small II, visit image gallery on Flickr.


The Coast Guard placed a delivery order for 21 response boats-small II (RB-S IIs), worth approximately $8.9 million, with Metal Shark Aluminum Boats of Jeanerette, Louisiana, May 23, 2018.

One RB-S II was delivered to Station Valdez, Alaska, on June 20; one was delivered to Station Rochester, New York, on June 21; two were delivered to Station Juneau, Alaska, on June 22; one was delivered to Station Buffalo, New York, on June 28 and another on July 12; one was delivered to Station Sotus, New York, on July 10; and one was delivered to Station Alexandria Bay, New York, on July 17.

To date, 307 of 343 boats ordered have been delivered.


 Program Information                         



  • Defender Class

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.


  • Length: 28 feet 8 inches
  • Beam: 8 feet 5 inches
  • Draft: 1 foot 8 inches
  • Displacement: 8,300 pounds
  • Maximum Speed: 40+ knots
  • Range: 150 nautical miles at cruising speed


  • Functional design and focus on crew comfort
  • Standardized communications and navigation suite
  • 360 degrees visibility
  • State-of-the-art shock-mitigating seats
  • Fore and aft gun mounts with a forward shock-mitigating gunners seat
  • Crew restraints
  • Lowering cabin windows
  • 2 NAVNET 3D displays for secondary navigation
  • Cabin integrated ballistics panels for crew protection
  • Left-side coxswain placement