Newest response boat in action

After months of training, the crew of Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach, N.C., finished qualifying on their 45-foot Response Boat – Medium, the 126th of 170 response boats being delivered to the service. The 45-foot Response Boat – Medium replaces the 41-foot Utility Boat, which has been the Coast Guard’s workhorse of the fleet for more than 25 years.

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Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill.

After months of training, the crew of Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach, N.C., finished qualifying on their 45-foot Response Boat – Medium, the 126th of 170 response boats being delivered to the service.

The 45-foot Response Boat – Medium replaces the 41-foot Utility Boat, which has been the Coast Guard’s workhorse of the fleet for more than 25 years.

The response boat’s top speed of 49 miles per hour gets the boat’s crew to the scene faster and reduces crew fatigue. The new design includes a full cabin to protect the crew from the elements, provides heating and air conditioning and features shock-mitigating seats.

The response boat is also more maneuverable, can accommodate light machine guns and its propulsion system complies with Environmental Protection Agency and International Maritime Organization emissions standards. It boasts an advanced navigation system and a communication system capable of interacting with other federal, state, local and homeland security partners.

Take a look at the video feature above for a glimpse at the station’s training and the capabilities of the response boats.

4 comments on “Newest response boat in action”

  1. This is an impressive boat and a great replacement for the aging
    41-footers. Nice video except for one thing. When did the Coast Guard switch to miles per hour for boat
    speeds? I guess 49 mph sounds better than 43 knots to landlubbers and
    publicity folks. Too bad.

  2. Every Coastie I know from the 80-90’s that did more than four years has either a bad back or bad knees, or both. The shock absorbing seats on newer boats will keep Coasties healthier and ready for action.

  3. I would like to have a chat with someone on the engineering side. can you tell me if you use the Auragen 240v AC power generating system? We use this on our Pilot boats and would like to get your experience of using this system, reliability issues, maint, belt tension etc. Many thanks, Mick H

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