Response Boat – Medium

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The Response Boat – Medium (RB-M) is a 45-foot (14 m) utility boat used by the United States Coast Guard. It is a replacement for the Coast Guard's retired fleet of 41-foot (12 m) utility boats (UTB), which had been in use by the Coast Guard since the 1970s. On June 21, 2006 the USCG awarded the RB-M contract to Marinette Marine of Marinette, Wisconsin and Kvichak Marine Industries of Seattle, Washington. The RB-M was designed by Camarc Design in the UK. Between June of 2006 and March of 2015 Marinette, in Green Bay Wisconsin and Kvichak in Kent, Washington partnered to build and deliver 174 RB-Ms to the USCG. Kvichak developed and delivered several police boat variants to several cities including Seattle and New York.

Response Boat – Medium
A US Coast Guard RB-M underway off Yorktown, Virginia
Class overview
Preceded by41-foot Utility Boat, Large
General characteristics
Displacement16.3 ton
Length44 ft 9 in (13.64 m)
Beam14 ft 7.75 in (4.4641 m)
Draft3 ft 4 in (1.02 m)
Installed power2 × MTU Detroit Diesel turbocharged Series 60 engines, 825 hp (615 kW) total
Propulsion2 × Rolls-Royce FF-Series waterjets
  • 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) (cruise)
  • 42.5 knots (78.7 km/h; 48.9 mph) (max)
Range250 nmi (460 km; 290 mi) at 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Armament2 × M240B general-purpose machine guns
The USCG Response Boat Medium (RBM) has replaced a fleet of 41-foot utility boats (UTBs) that averaged over 30-years of service[1]

In the summer of 2017, the Canadian Coast Guard purchased a used 45 RBM from the United States Coast Guard. It is based in Vancouver British Columbia under the name CCGS Laredo Sound.

According to the US Coast Guard, "While primarily a search and rescue asset when the 41' UTB was first fielded, the evolution of missions has increased the requirement to perform many missions including recreational boating safety, marine environmental protection, enforcement of laws and treaties, ports, waterways, and coastal security, and defense operations, including those traditional missions associated with Homeland Security."[2][failed verification]

On March 17, 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard received the 174th and final RB-M into service.[3]

General characteristics Edit

The boat has a deep-V, double chine hull, which provides a balance of performance and stability. The vessel is self-righting if it capsizes in rough seas. Below the pilot house are six compartments:


Electronics Edit

Hull numbering Edit

In keeping with standard USCG practice, boats of this size have hull numbers and are not named. This type of boat has a hull number beginning with the length of the boat (45′) and then a sequential number. In the case of the RB-M boats, the hull numbers begin with 601. Thus the first boat will be RB-M 45601.

Boats Edit

45602 underway at Cape Disappointment, Washington. August 7, 2008
USCG RB-M 45604 patrolling Lake Michigan at Gary, Indiana, during an airshow
Birds-eye view of a RB-M
Boat Station Delivery date
45601 Little Creek, Virginia March 2008
45602 Cape Disappointment, Washington August 2008
45603 Key West, Florida October 2008
45604 Milwaukee, Wisconsin October 2008
45605 Staten Island, New York December 2008
45606 Port Aransas, Texas January 2009
45607 Yorktown, Virginia February 2009
45608 Boston, Massachusetts March 2009
45609 San Juan, Puerto Rico May 2009
45610 Staten Island, New York July 2009
45611 Port Aransas, Texas July 2009
45612 Staten Island, New York August 2009
45613 Maui, Hawaii September 2009
45614 Staten Island, New York August 2009
45615 Little Creek, Virginia November 2009
45616 Staten Island, New York December 2009
45617 Cortez, Florida November 2009
45618 Galveston, Texas January 2010
45619 Honolulu, Hawaii March 2010
45620 Castle Hill, Rhode Island November 2009
45621 Panama City, Florida January 2010
45622 Staten Island, New York December 2009
45623 St. Petersburg, Florida June 2010
45624 Cleveland Harbor, Ohio April 2010
45625 Lake Worth Inlet, Florida July 2010
45626 Belle Isle, Michigan April 2010
45627 Honolulu, Hawaii August 2010
45628 Duluth, Minnesota May 2010
45629 Castle Hill, Rhode Island June 2010
45630 Galveston, Texas June 2010
45631 Fort Lauderdale, Florida July 2010
45632 Belle Isle, Michigan August 2010
45633 Panama City, Florida August 2010
45634 Fort Pierce, Florida September 2010
45635 Calumet Harbor, Illinois September 2010
45636 New Orleans, Louisiana September 2010
45640 Annapolis, Maryland November 2010
45641 Curtis Bay, Maryland November 2010
45643 Los Angeles/Long Beach, California December 2010
45645 Seattle, Washington January 2010
45651 Los Angeles/Long Beach, California March 2011
45652 Los Angeles/Long Beach, California March 2011
45664 Seattle, Washington June 2011
45658 Seattle, Washington August 2011
45690 Buffalo, New York May 2012
45703 Essexville, Michigan October 2012
45723 Youngstown, New York May 2013
45745 Hudgins, Virginia February 2014
45742 Crisfield, Maryland
45749 Port Angeles, Washington
45754 St. Joseph, Michigan May 2014
45771 Destin, Florida 2015
45772 Charleston, South Carolina 2015
45773 New Orleans, Louisiana 2015
45774 St. Petersburg, Florida 2015


Media Edit

RB-M 45771 at Station Destin, Florida was featured at Smarter Every Day channel [8]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "Homeland Security Budget-in-Brief Fiscal Year 2009" (PDF). United States Department of Homeland Security. 2009. p. 60. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Response Boat – Medium Major Acquisition Project". United States Coast Guard.
  3. ^ "Acquisition Update: U.S. Coast Guard Commemorates Final Response Boat-Medium Delivery". United States Coast Guard. March 18, 2015.
  4. ^ "Response Boat-Medium: Project Profile". Acquisition Directorate. United States Coast Guard. 19 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Response Boat-Medium Acquisition Project". Responseboat Project. Archived from the original on 2009-03-09.
  6. ^ "RB-M: Acquisition Project History". United States Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
  7. ^ "Production Update". Responseboat Project. Archived from the original on 2009-03-10. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
  8. ^ Why Jet Boats are AWESOME

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