Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Vigor deliver response boat trio for Bahrain

A Response Boat-Medium operated by the Royal Jordanian Naval Forces (Photo: FMM)

The Team RB-M consortium of Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) and Vigor has delivered the first three of a planned six Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) vessels to the US Coast Guard for eventual hand-over to Bahrain under a foreign military sale (FMS) programme.

FMM was the prime contractor and programme manager while Vigor fabricated the vessels at its Seattle, Washington, facility using high temperature-resistant aluminium. The RB-Ms have also been upgraded with an Arabian Gulf hot weather package that includes additional air conditioning, thermal insulation, and an aft deck GRP canopy.

The vessels’ primary missions are patrol and search and rescue (SAR).

The fourth through sixth RB-Ms in the order are expected to be delivered to the Bahrain Coast Guard in 2020.

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