CAMP LEJUNE, N.C. – Metal Shark Boats delivered the first new Response Boat-Small II (RB-S) to the U.S. Coast Guard this week. The RB-S was delivered to the USCG’s Special Missions Training Center at Camp LeJune, N.C. Designed to gradually replace the Defender-class RB-S as it reaches the end of its service life, the vessel is the first of 38 boats scheduled for delivery to the Coast Guard by April 2013.
RB-S II’s multifunction platform makes it ideal for use across the Coast Guard’s full mission spectrum, including search and rescue, vessel boarding-team deployment, law enforcement, drug interdiction, and environmental response operations. Future deliveries will be assigned to various coastal U.S. units including Maritime Safety and Security Teams (MSST), Maritime Security Response Teams (MSRT) and Marine Safety Units (MSU), and to shore units.
Based on Metal Shark’s Defiant platform, the 29-foot RB-S II is powered by twin 225-hp Honda outboards that provide a top speed of over 45 knots and a range of 150 nautical miles. RB-S II meets all Port Security Grant requirements and includes a full complement of communications and navigation gear, as well as shock-mitigating seats for enhanced crew comfort.
The vessel features a fully-enclosed cabin enhanced with ballistic materials. The RB-S II’s side and rear windows also drop down to improve crew communication and ventilation. The response boat is road-transportable for service between missions, and may be transported via C130s aboard a specialized trailer. The boat also features multiple weapon racks and an integrated weapons-ready mounting system at the bow. The forward-mounted gunner’s platform provides 180-degree firing capability while a pass-through hatch leads to the cabin for easy access in any conditions.
RB-S II SPECIFICATIONS
LOA: 28’6″ Beam: 8’6″ Draft: 1’8″
Fuel Capacity: 110 gals. Dry Weight: 9,800 lbs
Max HP: 450 hp
Metal Shark sells directly to qualified government and commercial organizations, and custom-builds boats to mission specifications. Metal Shark is a subsidiary of Gravois Aluminum Boats LLC, and builds a lineup of aluminum CBRN, law enforcement, military, fire/rescue, and commercial vessels ranging from 16′ to 65′.
For more information on RB-S, visit http://www.uscg.mil/acquisition/rbs/default.asp
High-resolution imagery of US Coast Guard Response Boat – Small