The crew of Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina recently accepted the delivery of a 45-foot response boat.
The boat is the 126th of about 170 boats being delivered to the Coast Guard during a period of eight to 10 years. Half of them are being built in Kent, Wash., by Marinette Marine Corp.’s major subcontractor, Kvichak Marine Industries of Seattle. Marinette Marine is building the other half of the fleet in Green Bay, Wis.
The response boat will replace an aging fleet of 41-foot utility boats and assorted non-standard boats being used at Coast Guard stations throughout the country. The utility boat has been a Coast Guard workhorse for more than 25 years, but the service says newer boats with increased capabilities are needed.
The response boat is a multi-mission boat that can operate in coastal zones, including inshore and inland waterways and the open ocean out to 50 nautical miles. Primary missions for the vessel include search and rescue; ports, waterways and coastal security; defense readiness; and marine environmental protection.