MK VI Patrol Boat
The Navy accepted delivery of the first MK VI patrol boat on Aug. 27, 2014. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
The MK VI patrol boat is the Navy’s next generation patrol boat and will serve as part of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC), the single functional command for the Navy’s expeditionary forces and as central management for the readiness, resources, manning, training and equipping of those forces. The MK VI is the U.S. Navy’s first true patrol boat developed since the 1980’s.
The primary mission of these craft is to persistently patrol shallow littoral areas beyond sheltered harbors and bays for the purpose of force protection of friendly and coalition forces and critical infrastructure. Missions include High Value Unit (HVU) Shipping Escort; Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) Operations; Theater Security Cooperation (TSC); and Security Force Assistance (SFA).
MK VI patrol boats can be configured in multiple ways for various missions and can be transported by ship.
The 85-foot craft has a hull optimized for performance, fuel economy, and firepower. The MK VI is configured with both an ergonomically designed pilothouse and a reconfigurable main deck cabin for a sizeable crew and payload. The boats can reach speeds in excess of 35 knots at full load and can be armed with a variety of crew served and remotely operated weapon systems up to 25mm. The boat has a range in excess of 600 nautical miles and is equipped with a propulsion system consisting of twin diesel engines and waterjets.
SAFE Boats International (SBI) was awarded a contract to provide the Navy with six MK VI patrol boats on May 24, 2014. An additional contract for four boats was awarded on July 2, 2014. One boat has been delivered and three are under construction at the SBI boatyard in Tacoma, Wash.