U.S. Coast Guard orders 14 more response boats

By Ryan Maass   |   Feb. 19, 2016 at 1:25 PM

JEANERETTE, La., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has made a $5 million order with Metal Shark Aluminum Boats for 14 Response Boat-Small II.

The order would bring the Coast Guard's total ordered RB-S IIs up to 224. To date, 178 of the boats have been delivered.

The RB-S II is a high-speed boat used for a variety of missions including search-and-rescue, port security, and other law enforcement missions. The boats are 29 feet long and can reach speeds over 40 knots.

The Coast Guard is procuring the boats to replace their aging fleet of 25-foot long response boats-small. Newer features of the 29-foot variant aim to reduce crew fatigue while in operation.

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