THE VALLEY, Anguilla, Officers from the Dutch St Maarten Coast Guard heads by Captain Roberto Levenstone over the past weekend paid a courtesy call on Captain Charles Richards and officers from the Royal Anguilla Police Force Marine Department.
The purpose of the visit was to showcase the Dutch brand new marine asset which comprise of four 41 feet vessels, built to specifications for the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard. The vessels are fitted with two inboard engines and can maintain speed up to 35 knots, and is equipped to be operated for 300 miles continuously . Each vessel is manned by by aix men crew in sitting position.
Officers from the Royal Anguilla Police Force Marine Department got a first hand experience of the vessel capabilities which included navigational equipment especially when out to sea. Each vessel is large enough for sea support but is also small enough to be tailored and launched from anywhere.
The Dutch St Maarten Coast Guard and the Royal Anguilla Police Force have been sharing support services with each other for a number of years especially in areas of search and rescue, border patrol and narcotics interdiction.
Commissioner of the Royal Anguilla Police Force, Paul Morrison and Deputy Commissioner Elliot Forbes witnessed the exercise.