Small, fast, deadly – new coastal command patrol boat is delivered to US Navy

The first coastal command patrol boat, 65PB1101, in San Diego Bay on Aug. 11. (US Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Donnell Evans)

The first of a new class of coastal command patrol boats has arrived in Southern California, heralding the advent of new craft bridging the gap between the large, blue-water Navy and brown-water coastal and green-water inland forces.

Manned by a Fleet Integration Team consisting entirely of Navy Reservists, the craft has been undergoing testing in the Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca areas since April.

According to the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command, the boat contains a hydraulic crane and shock-mitigating seating for 18 crew members. The boat also features sound-deadening curtains which separate the berthing area from the galley and an electronics space and sound-deadening floor mats which isolate the pilothouse, main cabin and galley from machinery and hull-borne noise.

The CCB shares many characteristics with the larger, 85-foot Mark VI patrol boats also under construction for coastal and riverine forces.

The boat is assigned to Coastal Riverine Group 1 (CRG-1) at Coronado, Calif. 

Above and below, crewmen back 65PB1101 into a berth at Coronado on Aug. 11. (US Navy photos by Lt. Cmdr. Donnell Evans)

Quartermaster 1st Class Donald Stroud programs the navigation system while pierside at Port Angeles, Wash., on Aug. 5. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice William Blees)

65PB1101 gets underway from Port Angeles, Wash., on Aug. 5, headed for San Diego. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice William Blees)

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