July 15, 2005
The P/V Enforcer was designed and built by Kennedy Ship and Repair in Galveston, Texas. Her main focus will be patrolling commercial fisheries and hunting activities. She will also be used for emergency responses, search and rescues, investigations, village visits, and public safety education.
The vessel is 69.9 feet long and 22 feet side at her beam. She has a maximum cruising speed of 11.3 knots, or around 7 mph. She is powered by twin Caterpillar diesel engines which provide her with over 1,100 horse power.
With fuel tanks that hold 10,647 gallons of diesel fuel, the P/V Enforcer has a total range of 3,000 nautical miles, in other words she could travel from Anchorage to Hawaii with 500 miles to spare.
The P/V Enforcer is equipped with the latest in navigational technology including a complement of marine radios, satellite phones, police radios, weather fax, e-mail system, RADAR, infrared detection camera and chart plotting system.
Over the course of a year, the P/V Enforcer will generally cover approximately 9,000 miles of coastline. The vessel will be utilized an average of 120 days/year and will visit or make contacts in every community within Southeast Alaska at least once per year.
Following the Patrol Vessel Enforcer's dedication there will an "open house" at the new A Detachment headquarters north of Ketchikan (the Gateway Building). The public is also invited to attend the "open house".
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