New USCG Response Boat Arrives on Guam

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Guam –  The U.S. Coast Guard has stationed a new response boat on Guam.

In a release, Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo reports that the vessel is already here. It arrived last Satruday. It is a “Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) 45702.

It is not clear whether the vessel has a name.

The release quotes Congresswoman Bordallo as saying “this response boat will be used to conduct search and rescue missions and will be critical to our readiness capabilities. Further, these boats will assist our Coast Guardsmen in monitoring and identifying illegal fishing activities around Guam.”

READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo in FULL below:

U.S. Coast Guard Sends New Response Boat to Guam
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 20, 2012 – Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today announced that the U.S. Coast Guard delivered a new 45-foot boat, the Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) 45702, to Station Apra Harbor, Guam on September 15, 2012. The USCG is currently replacing its fleet of 41-foot utility boats (UTBs) with the RB-Ms series craft.

This is the second RB-M scheduled to be stationed at Apra Harbor. RB-Ms are designed to meet Coast Guard mission requirements for search and rescue; ports, waterways and coastal security; drug interdiction; and migrant interdiction.  Additionally, the RB-M will support marine safety, aids to navigation, marine environmental protection, and defense readiness missions.

“I am pleased that Guam has received the RB-M to help the Coast Guard carry out its duties more effectively,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “In particular, this response boat will be used to conduct search and rescue missions and will be critical to our readiness capabilities. Further, these boats will assist our Coast Guardsmen in monitoring and identifying illegal fishing activities around Guam.”