Wednesday, February 3, 2010

U.S. Coast Guard Vessels

I was sitting next to the channel that separates Quintana and Seaside one afternoon last week. I kept hearing what sounded like a police radio in the distance. But I couldn't make out what was being said or figure out where it was coming from.

Then this Coast Guard cutter appeared

Then two Coast Guard Defenders appeared.

Defenders are 25 feet, powered by two Honda outboard motors, and are capable of speeds of 45 knots, or 85 mpg.

They can be mounted with M60 or M240 machine guns

They can turn on a dime

They were conducting an excercise and soon captured their prey

And then headed back to the nearby Coast Guard Station

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