One of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard vessels at Sandy Ground, Anguilla.
ANGUILLA–The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard paid a courtesy call on the Royal Anguilla Police Force (RAPF) Marine Department on Saturday, March 2. Captain Robelto Levenstone headed the Coast Guard group and met with Captain Charles Richards and other officers of the RAPF.
The purpose of the visit was to showcase their brand new marine vessels comprising four 41-foot vessels built to specification for the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard. The vessels are fitted with two inboard engines, can maintain speeds of up to 35 knots and are equipped to be operated continuously for 300 miles. Each vessel is manned by a six-man crew.
The RAPF Marine Department officers got a first-hand experience of the vessels’ capabilities which included navigational equipment and special capabilities when out at sea. Each vessel is large enough in size for sea support, but is also small enough to be trailered and launched from anywhere. The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard and the RAPF have been sharing support services with each other over the years especially in areas of search and rescue, border patrol and narcotics interdiction.
Commissioner of Police, Paul Morrison and Deputy Commissioner Elliott Forbes were also on hand to witness the exercise.