Coast Guard Takes Delivery of 33-Foot Special Purpose Boat

 FORT MYERS, Fla. – Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach is scheduled to receive the 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement Tuesday at about 2:30 p.m., as part of the first joint boat procurement within the Department of Homeland Security.

The Coast Guard collaborated with Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations and Border Patrol on the requirements used in the procurement.

The SPC-LE is the newest addition to the Coast Guard fleet of multi-mission ships, aircraft, boats and command-and-control systems. SPC-LE is a 33-foot aluminum mono hull with a 10-foot beam and foam collar. It is powered by three 275-horsepower engines capable of speeds in excess of 50 knots and is capable of operating more than 30 miles from shore. It is equipped with a state-of-the-art navigation system and secure communications capability.

SPC-LE provides significant advantages over its predecessor in speed, maneuverability and sea keeping.

Coast Guard crews will receive three days of boat familiarization training conducted by SAFE Boats International, as well as shore-based non-compliant vessel pursuit tactics training conducted by CBP.

This is the first 33-foot SPC-LE Sector St. Petersburg has received. Coast Guard Sector’s Miami and Key West are currently equipped with the SPC-LE.

“The arrival of the 33-foot SPC-LE to Station Fort Myers Beach will provide an imperative asset for response to all of Coast Guard’s missions in Southwest Florida,” said Chief Warrant Officer Peter D. Louzao, commanding officer of Station Fort Myers Beach.

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