FL Coast Guard Gets New Boat
The US Coast Guard's Fort Myers Beach station received
a 33 foot, special purpose law enforcement craft
. The boat purchase is part of a joint program with the Department of Homeland Security.
The craft is a 33-foot aluminum mono-hull with a 10-ft. beam and foam collar. It is powered by three 275-hp 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.
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-ft. SPC-LE Sector St. Petersburg has received. Coast Guard Sector's Miami and Key West are currently equipped with the SPC-LE.