Louisiana-based Metal Shark Boats recently shipped response boats to Coast Guard units in Yorktown, Va., and Baltimore.
The boats will be placed into service for patrol and rescue operations in Baltimore and as part of the Boat Forces Training Center's operational fleet in Yorktown, where the Coast Guard trains all of its new coxswains.
To better manage the increase in manufacturing requirements, Metal Shark plans to expand its 65,000-square-foot Jeanerette, La., manufacturing facility while increasing its production team of aluminum welders, riggers, electronics experts and installation professionals by more than 25 percent in the next six months.
The nation's capital will be the next area to receive the new RB-S II. The boats are part of a $192 million, 470-boat contract designed to gradually replace the Defender-class RB-S as it reaches the end of its service life.
RB-S II's flexibility as a multifunction platform makes it ideal for use across the Coast Guard's full mission spectrum, including search and rescue, ports and waterways security, law enforcement, drug interdiction and environmental response operations. Future deliveries will be assigned to various units, including Marine Safety Units, Maritime Safety and Security Teams and shore stations throughout the coastal United States and its territories.
Metal Shark, a subsidiary of Gravois Aluminum Boats LLC., builds and markets a full range of commercial- and military-grade aluminum boats ranging from 16 to 65 feet.