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Coast Guard highlight new response boat in Va.

Friday - 8/24/2012, 6:43am  ET

CAPE CHARLES, Va. - The Coast Guard is celebrating a milestone for its newest fleet of boats.

Officials are highlighting the newest response boat at Coast Guard Station Cape Charles on Friday. It is the 100th boat in a fleet of 180 being delivered to the service.

The 45-foot boats are replacing the aging fleet of boats being used nationwide for more than 25 years.

Officials say the boats have a top speed of 49 miles per hour to get crews to the scene faster and are more maneuverable. They also include a full cabin to protect the crew from the elements.

The multi-mission boats can operate in inshore and inland waterways and open ocean out to 50 nautical miles. Primary missions include search and rescue, coastal security, and marine environmental protection.


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