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USCG orders 20 RB-S IIs

22nd January 2018 - 02:01 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Coast Guard (USCG) has issued an $8 million order to Metal Shark Aluminum Boats for the supply of 20 response boats-small II (RB-S II), the agency announced on 18 January.

The RB-S IIs will be delivered to the USCG station Sector Buffalo, New York, during spring and summer 2018.

The order brings the total number of RB-S IIs ordered to 322 of which 280 have already been delivered.

With a top speed of over 40 knots, the 29ft RB-S IIs can be used for a range of missions, including search and rescue, vessel boarding team deployment and law enforcement missions, drug and migrant interdiction, port security and environmental response operations.

The RB-S II, designed with an emphasis on function and crew comfort, is gradually replacing the coast guard's Defender-class RB-S fleet.

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