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Coast Guard Charleston getting new boat

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Coast Guard in Charleston is getting a new medium-sized rescue boat.

A ceremony is being held Thursday to mark the arrival of the new 45-foot boat. It's the first of 5 that will be delivered to Coast Guard Sector Charleston.

The new boats replace 41-foot utility boats assigned to Charleston that have been used since the 1970s.

The new boats have advanced electronic systems, water jet propulsion and a new integrated electronics system that allows crew members more control from the pilothouse.

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