Buffalo Coast Guard Station Accepts New Response Boat

May 11, 2012 Updated May 11, 2012 at 2:18 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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Buffalo Coast Guard Station Accepts New Response Boat

May 11, 2012 Updated May 11, 2012 at 2:18 PM EDT

(WKBW release) The crew of Coast Guard Station Buffalo took delivery Thursday of the station’s new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, built by Marinette Marine, of Manitowoc, Wis.

According to a news release:

The station crew has been running tests on the new boat out of the Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, demonstrating its advanced capabilities.  The RB-M can respond faster than previous boats of similar size with a top speed in excess of 40 knots, has advanced search capability with an installed forward-looking infrared search technology.  Additionally, with twin jet propulsion, the vessel is able to respond in shallower water.

The boat has a deep-V, double-chine hull, which provides a balance of performance and stability. The vessel is also self-righting. If it capsizes in rough seas, the boat is designed to right itself.

"This boat further enhances our ability to be ‘Always Ready,’" said Chief Petty Officer Dennis O’Connell, officer-in-charge of Station Buffalo.  “This is the promise the Coast Guard has made to the nation.”

It can handle heavy seas and waves up to 12 feet and carry up to 25 people.

"This will be a great asset for us,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas D’Amore, executive petty officer of the station. “It really increases our capabilities.  With increased technology, we are able to respond quicker to a better defined location."