Orders for 36 New Small Boats (RB-S-II and CB-OTH-IV)

The Acquisitions Directorate reports they have placed orders for

Response Boat-Small (RB-S) II

Twenty 29 foot Response Boat-Small (RB-S II) from Metal Shark Aluminum Boats of Jeanerette, La., valued at $6.6 million.  “This latest delivery order brings the total number of boats on order to 84.  To date, 41 RB-S IIs have been delivered to the Coast Guard.”


“Sixteen Cutter Boat-Over the Horizon-IVs (CB-OTH-IV) and associated parts and logistics information from SAFE Boats International LLC of Bremerton, Wash.  The cost of the order is $6.55 million.”

“Fourteen of the sixteen cutter boats from this order will be assigned to the FRC fleet (two to be used as spares).  Two of the cutter boats will be assigned to the NSC fleet.”

“Under the current contract, up to 101 OTH-IV cutter boats may be ordered over a seven year period.  The Coast Guard may order up to 71 boats, and the contract includes up to 10 boats for the U.S. Navy and up to 20 boats for Customs and Border Protection.  The contract has a cost ceiling of $58.9 million. “

14 thoughts on “Orders for 36 New Small Boats (RB-S-II and CB-OTH-IV)

  1. I wonder if they will start handing down the older RB-S to AUXiliary units like they do in the Canadian Coast Guard. At least Auxiliary units can use the RB-S for Patrols and Search and rescue as well. That way each flotilla or Division can have an RB-S for their use as well.

    • Only those Flotilla’s that can show they have enough funding for the upkeep and maintenance of these boats will have any chance of receiving any of them. The Coast Guard will not provide or pay for any of their upkeep or maintenance. Unfortunately 95% of Flotilla’s can’t afford to operate them. A few may find their way to a Flotilla but the majority will end up in the hands of local and federal law enforcement agency’s.

      • Why can’t we do the way Canadian Coast Guard has done with the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary. The Canadian Coast Guard owns the boats, but loans it out to the Local Auxiliary units. The Boats are still owned by the Canadian Coast Guard and can be taken back for their use at anytime. We can do the same thing with the used RB-S. The US Coast Guard loans out excess and used RB-S to Flotillas, Divisions and Districts, but the RB-S would still be controlled and owned by the US Coast Guard. I know a lot of Flotilla’s Division and Districts who wouldn’t mind taking on a used RB-S. Most flotillas and Divisions would have to raise membership fees to fund the RB-S. I think their are some Flotilla’s that have used RB-S that the US Coast Guard hands them.

  2. “Fourteen of the sixteen cutter boats.” What is a “cutter boat?” Either it is a cutter or a boat? Even the Revenue Cutter service made distinctions. Some of these RBs are smaller than the whale boats used by the early cutters.

    • The quote you refer to was from the article about the “cutter boat, over the horizon-IV” which are cutters’ boats. I don’t think they were confusing the terms cutter and boat. There was no reference to the response boats as cutters.

      • Okay, but another example of Coast Guard Public Relations not understanding terminology and history. Of course, there is a boat classification of cutter and some ships had the first and second cutter of different dimensions.

        It should have read ““Fourteen of the sixteen cutter[‘s] [over the horizon] boats from this order will be assigned to the FRC fleet (two to be used as spares).” OR Fourteen of the over the horizon boats from this order will be assigned the FRC fleet. The remaining two boats will be reserved as spares.

        It may be clear to those who know the difference but to those who do not know the difference (such as those in the Congress who authorize the funding) may not. After all, the press releases are not written for those with knowledge but for the ignorant.

  3. Speaking of cutters, here are the first public images of Eastern Shipbuilding’s OPC candidate: http://www.easternshipbuilding.com/wp-content/sdaolpu/2013/06/ESG-OPCFullPageWeb1.pdf

    Looks like a slightly larger version of the Kiwi OPVs… maybe 2,000 tons? So they must have teamed up with STX. Definitely a “no frills” option… probably a lot cheaper than HII’s “dumbed down” NSC derivative or Vigor’s large PSV-derivative.

    Still waiting to find out what designs Bollinger/Damen and VT/DCNS are proposing…

    • It sure looks like a larger version of Royal New Zealand Navies Protector class OPV. I would think Damen would beat out the competition with the Holland class OPV. I just think the Damen would present either the Holland class OPV or their 2600 ton version to the US Coast Guard because they already have their foot in the door already with the 87 ft patrol boat and the FRC.

  4. Quoted from the Acquision Directorate’s (CG-9) website.

    Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Orders 15 Response Boats

    June 5, 2017

    The Coast Guard placed a delivery order worth approximately $6 million for 15 response boats-small II (RB-S IIs) and associated equipment with Metal Shark Aluminum Boats of Jeanerette, Louisiana, May 31.

    The delivery order brings the total number of RB-S IIs ordered to 279; to date, 250 RB-S IIs have been delivered.

    The 29-foot RB-S II can travel at a top speed of more than 40 knots and features improvements to reduce crew fatigue and improve visibility. The boats are a high-speed platform deployed close to shore for missions including search and rescue, law enforcement, port security, environmental response, and drug and migrant interdiction. RB-S IIs are gradually replacing the 25-foot Defender-class RB-Ss as they reach the end of their planned 10-year service lives.

    For more information: http://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Acquisitions-CG-9/Programs/Surface-Programs/Response-Boat-Small-II/

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