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.
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