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A Coast Guard 25-foot defender class boat from Station Seattle enforces a security zone around a Washington State Ferry in Elliot Bay Dec. 22, 2003.

The United States Coast Guard plans to replace a mixture of older boats with up to 700 Defender class boats.[1]

The boats are 25 feet in length, capable of 40 knots, powered by twin outboard motors. [2] They can be armed with pintle-mounted machine guns or grenade launchers.

The boats will serve a variety of missions, including search and rescue, port security and constabulary duties.


  1. Defender Class Response Boats, United States Coast Guard. Retrieved on 2008-05-01.
  2. RB-S (Defender Class). Safe Boats. Retrieved on 2008-05-01.