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SAFE Boats builds bigger patrol boat


SAN DIEGO (Aug. 11, 2013) A 65PB1101 coastal command patrol boat arrives in San Diego. The patrol boat has increased capability over existing Navy Expeditionary Combat Command craft, including 24-hour mission capability, ergonomic equipment design, both remote and crew-served weapon systems and a robust communications suite.

SOUTH KITSAP — SAFE Boats International recently delivered a 65-foot coastal command boat to the Navy. The only one that will be built, it provides a stepping stone to 85-footers now under construction.

The Bremerton company signed a $35 million contract in May 2012 to manufacture five of the larger boats with an option for a sixth. It opened a large-craft production facility at the Port of Tacoma because they’re too big to take on the road, and the Bremerton plant isn’t on the water.

The 65-foot boat is now in the hands of Coastal Riverine Group 1 in Coronado, Calif. It and its successors will primarily patrol coastal areas to protect friendly forces and critical infrastructure. Twin diesel engines and water jets can propel them to 35 knots and maintain cruise speed for up to 24 hours. There’s seating in the cabin for 18 crew members, a separate galley, head and shower facilities.

“Delivering the CCB is a major step forward for SAFE Boats as we move into building larger boat platforms and systems,” said CEO Dennis Morris in a news release. “We are now in the unique position to offer our global customers a wide range of platform sizes to meet their broad mission needs.”

Between Bremerton and Tacoma, the 16-year-old company employs nearly 400 people. About 100 were hired to work on the bigger boats, officials said.

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