Station New York Debuts Special Law Enforcemennt Boat

NEW YORK – Coast Guard Station New York will launch three new special purpose law enforcement vessels on Thursday.

The vessels are equipped with triple Mercury Verado 275 horse power outboard engines that enable them to have a top speed of 60 MPH. The fully enclosed heated and air conditioned cabin, with up to six shock mitigating seats, reduces crew fatigue and allows operation in heavier seas. The addition of a forward M240 gunners station and an increase in operational range at 10 nautical miles makes the 33′ Defender Boat an ideal Law Enforcement platform.

Station New York Coast Guardsmen will be using these boats to patrol the waters of New York and New Jersey in an effort to strengthen security in New York Harbor.

Station New York is receiving these vessels due to its unique area of responsibility and high profile events such as Fleet Week, the United Nations Republican National Convention and the Macy’s Forth of July Fireworks display.

Lt. Cmdr. Richard Burke will hold a press briefing focusing on the missions of the station at 1 p.m. He will discuss ports, waterways and coastal security missions as well as high interest vessel and ferry escorts.

“The 33′ Special Purpose Craft – Law Enforcement (SPC-LE), built by Safeboat, in Port Orchard, WA, is a highly capable platform that services our unique area of responsibility within the port of New York and New Jersey,” said Lt. Patrick Gallagher, executive officer of Station New York. “This asset has been used effectively in high speed interdiction and law enforcement by the US Customs and Border Protection for several years, prompting the Coast Guard to consider them for its inventory. Station NY is the first “non-border” station to receive this vessel due to our responsibility within a high priority port. Station New York’s primary mission is ports waterway and coastal security, but also conducts Search and Rescue missions throughout the port. The SPC-LE allows Station personnel to arrive faster, safer, and more comfortably due to upgrades and improvements developed for specific operations.”

Photo courtesy of SAFE Boats International.

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