WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) – The Coast Guard Station at Wrightsville Beach received a new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium Tuesday. According to a news release, it's the 126th boat in a fleet of 170 being delivered to the service.
A spokesperson for the Coast Guard said the new RB-M will replace the fleet of 41-foot Utility Boats and other non-standard boats being used at stations across the country.
The new vessel tops out at speeds of 49 mph and can get the crew to the scene faster. It also has a full cabin to protect crew members from the elements and provides heating and air conditioning.
According to the Coast Guard, primary missions for the RB-M include search and rescue, security missions, and defense readiness and marine environmental protection.
The crew is currently in training to be qualified on the new boat.
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