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Inshore Boat Unit 17 Returns Home After A Six Month
Deployment To Kuwait
Recent news on IBU-17
Here is an old news .pdf
file of some of IBU-17s activities the last few years.
My name is Cary Coleman. I am a Chief (select) with Inshore Boat Unit Seventeen which is part of Naval Coastal Warfare. I have been attached to this unit for about 4 years during which I have qualified as a boat skipper and a Patrol Leader. Currently I am serving as the unit’s Operations Officer. We have been mobilized and deployed twice since 9/11 to provide Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection Operations during Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
When the SBU’s went pretty much closed loop for Seal Delivery, the IBU’s were commissioned to fill the gap that the SBU’s were leaving. A total reserve commissioned unit that provides Anti-terrorism and Force Protection Operations in the following mission areas, Anti-surface Warfare, Amphibious Support, Mine Warfare, Anti-Swimmer Warfare, Non-combatant Operations, Reconnaissance, Intel Collection as well as support for law enforcement and other operations as deemed necessary.
The design of the boats is intended to combine both a “Brown water” ability and a limited “Blue water
We currently have three generations of IBU craft.
1st Generation is a 27” foot aluminum patrol boat. With a Crew of 4. 2 gun emplacements and a top speed of 40 kts with twin Volvo Martine 250 Hp diesels and dual counter rotating propeller out drives.
2nd Generation is a 32’ aluminum RHIB with a crew of 4 and 3 gun emplacements and a fully enclosed wheel house. Top speed is 40 kts on twin Cummins 265 HP diesels and Hamilton Jet Drives.
3rd Generation is much like the 32’ but has an additional mount for 4 gun emplacements, and additional crew position and a wider beam. Top Speed is estimated at 40 kts on twin Diesels and out drives.
All generations have secure comms, radar and other electronics.
Over the past four years, I have grown quite attached to Patrol Boats and while we are not the 80’
Elcos or Mk V’s my troops are still grungy go out and get the job done sailors who have served both in the South Pacific last year and in the Persian Gulf this year protecting and escorting some 300 ships alone during Iraqi Freedom while they transported and offloaded the combat equipment needed to carry out the mission.
Attached is several photos of our first run boats. If you would like to talk more about our unit and craft please let me know, I would be happy to do so.
Cary J Coleman,