US Coast Guard Sand Key
Crew members from Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Fla., practice towing while training on a new 29-foot Response Boat-Small II near the station, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. The RB-S II will be replacing the 25-foot Response Boat Small as part of the service's plan to standardize and revitalize its shore-based fleet. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ashley J. Johnson)

The following is a release from the United States Coast Guard.

Crewmembers at Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Fla., tested new response boats, Friday.

The tests began after the station received two 29-foot Response Boat-Small II platforms in September.

Crewmembers became familiar with the boat’s maneuverability, functionality and design during the tests. The RB-S II is replacing the older 25-foot Response Boat-Small as part of the service’s plan to standardize and revitalize its shore-based fleet.

“I think it is going to be a learning experience for everyone at Station Sand Key,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Trever Quenneille, an officer of the day at the station. “We are just going to keep working with the boat and keep doing drills to make sure we are all up to speed and proficient at what we do.”

The RB-S II is a high-speed, easily deployable asset designed to operate year-round in shallow waters along coastal borders. The boat is four feet longer than its predecessor and was designed with an increased emphasis on function and crew comfort.

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