A crew aboard a new 45-foot Response Boat - Medium from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles, Va., conducts tactical turn training in the Chesapeake Bay, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert
Updated: Friday, 24 Aug 2012, 8:28 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 24 Aug 2012, 8:28 PM EDT
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Coast Guard Station Cape Charles crew members tested out the station's 100th boat in a fleet of 166.
The 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) will be replacing aging 41-foot Utility Boats (UTB) and other non-standard size boats, according to David Weydert with the U.S. Coast Guard. The UTBs have been used for more than 25 years.
The RB-Ms can go up to 49 miles per hour, are equipped with full cabins and a navigational system.
Weydert says the RB-Ms primary missions will be search and rescue, waterways and coastal security.
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