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Mk VI Patrol Boat promises greater reach for US coastal forces

17 July 2014

Safe Boats International is poised to deliver the first Mk VI PB in the fourth quarter of 2014. Armed with two remotely-operated 25 mm guns, this 85 ft vessel could eventually field a lightweight surface-to-surface missile system. (Safe Boats)Safe Boats International is poised to deliver the first Mk VI PB in the fourth quarter of 2014. Armed with two remotely-operated 25 mm guns, this 85 ft vessel could eventually field a lightweight surface-to-surface missile system. (Safe Boats)

The US Navy (USN) is preparing to receive its first Mk VI Patrol Boat (PB), in a move that will significantly enhance the blue-water capabilities of the service's riverine and coastal forces.

Designed and manufactured by Safe Boats International, the 85 ft (26 m) aluminium-hulled Mk VI PB is considerably larger - with proportionally greater range and endurance, heavier armament, and a more robust C4ISR fit - than the surface craft currently operated by Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC).

Bahrain-based Commander Task Force 56 is employing the prototype Coastal Command Boat (CCB) to evaluate force protection doctrine and tactics prior to the introduction into service in 2015 of the Mk VI Patrol Boat. (US Navy)Bahrain-based Commander Task Force 56 is employing the prototype Coastal Command Boat (CCB) to evaluate force protection doctrine and tactics prior to the introduction into service in 2015 of the Mk VI Patrol Boat. (US Navy)

A 65 ft prototype vessel, the Coastal Command Boat (CCB), was delivered by Safe Boats in August 2013 and deployed in February 2014 to the Gulf, where it has been employed by Commander Task Force (CTF) 56 to evaluate new tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) for force protection, maritime security, and offensive combat operations ahead of the inaugural Mk VI deployment in mid-2015.



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