Coast Guard Accepts New Response Boat-Medium, Rescue 21

Monday, October 06, 2008

The U.S. Coast Guard formally accepted and introduced its new Response Boat-Medium and Rescue 21 advanced communications system during a ceremony held Monday at Coast Guard Sector Key West, here.   

The Response Boat - Medium is a new small-boat platform that offers increased speed and maneuverability over the service's aging 41-foot response boats, which it will eventually replace.·Enhanced maritime capabilities and technological advances such as water-jet propulsion, armrest integrated steering and trim controls, self-righting capability and improved crew accommodations all represent significant upgrades over the legacy 41-foot response boat platform.·· The first two Response Boats - Medium were delivered to Coast Guard Stations Little Creek, Va., and Cape Disappointment, Wash., earlier this year.

Rescue 21 is an advanced command, control and communications system that provides new, improved technology to mariners nationwide.· It is the backbone of the National Maritime Distress and Response System. As the marine version of 9-1-1, it facilitates better communication and interoperability in emergency situations.· With its advanced direction finding capabilities and increased range, Rescue 21 helps the Coast Guard ‘hear the call' and quickly respond to boaters in distress, as well as identify hoax distress calls made from land that can unnecessarily occupy Coast Guard assets and manpower.·
Rescue 21 has already proven its worth and is being installed at Coast Guard Sectors nationwide. Earlier this year, the service used Rescue 21's remote operations capability to seamlessly maintain coverage and communication along the New Orleans coast during Hurricane Gustav and through the aftermath.· Today's acceptance formally brings those capabilities to Key West and increases total U.S. coastline covered by Rescue 21 to almost 23,000 miles.·Once the roll-out is complete, Rescue 21 will provide communications coverage along 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline.
"We're very pleased with these two projects," said Rear Adm. Gary Blore, assistant commandant for acquisition.· "Today's acceptance was made possible by the dedicated work of countless Coast Guard and industry personnel, as well as the unwavering leadership of our Commandant in directing acquisition process improvements, and the support of our Congress in making funding available."

Learn more about the Response Boat-Medium and Rescue 21 projects at www.uscg.mil/acquisition.

Maritime Reporter August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Coast Guard

Too Many Passengers Lands Ferry Company in Court

Carrying numbers of passengers, including schoolchildren, far in excess of its license, has cost representatives of a Hampshire ferry company fines and costs totaling £12,340.

Barge Operator Fined for Releasing Dangerous Gas

The operator of a Portsmouth-based barge has today been made to pay almost £111,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to a breach of maritime legislation.

U.S. to Join Anti-Piracy Organization: USCG Admiral on Council

The USCG informs that the U.S. is due to become the 20th nation to join the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP),

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1734 sec (6 req/sec)