$4 million investment for NSW Police with new tactical marine vessels launched
The capabilities of the NSW Police Force Marine Area Command have been significantly bolstered with the addition of four new purpose-built marine vessels, valued at more than $4 million.
Premier Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott joined Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon APM today to unveil the new Class 5 rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIBs) as part of an ongoing commitment to providing safer waterways across the state.
Premier Perrottet said this investment forms part of the $29 million Marine Vessel Replacement program and will enhance tactical marine responses.
“These fast response vessels are multifunctional and will strengthen the police marine operational capabilities as we approach the busy summer months,” Mr Perrottet said.
“Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, police have played an integral role in keeping us all safe. As we return to a sense of normality it is vital police have the equipment to undertake policing, both on land and water.”
Minister Elliott said the Government continues to provide police with the resources they need to enhance operations in NSW and offshore waters.
“With a multi-purpose capability, the RHIBs will be used for criminal detection and counter-terrorism operations, search and rescue, port and maritime security, and high visibility policing,” Mr Elliott said.
“Importantly these vessels will enhance boarding capabilities and fast-roping for police in operational settings.”
Deputy Commissioner Lanyon said officers attached to the Marine Area Command were instrumental in the design of these fit-for-purpose tactical vessels.
“These Class 5 RHIBs are highly-manoeuvrable and are fitted with the latest navigation and communication equipment, as well as surveillance and tracking systems,” Deputy Commissioner Lanyon said.
“Importantly these fast, agile, and responsive vessels are a significant boost to our capabilities to prevent, disrupt and respond to crime on the water.”
Each vessel has two 400hp four-stroke outboard motors and can reach speeds of 53 knots. The vessels feature the newest technology including a forward-looking infra-red (FLIR) camera to assist police crews to search for lost mariners or detect crime threats. The navigation and electronics are supported by the NSW Police Force integrated telecommunication and satellite systems.
The 11-metre RHIBs were built by Sydney-based Zodiac Milpro Australia Pty Ltd. They have a 10-person capacity and will be located in Sydney, San Souci, Newcastle, and Port Kembla but can be deployed as far north as Tweed Heads, and Eden to the south.