December 7, 2006
Bermuda Marine Police Unit has a new Guardian
A 16 m Austal patrol boat is now in service with the Bermuda Marine Police.
Named Guardian, it is a sister ship to six recently delivered six New South Wales Water Police boats and entered service on December 4.
The delivery trip from the West Australian shipyard included shipping the vessel to Savannah, Ga., before it traveled under its own power on a 900 nautical mile final voyage to Bermuda via Morehead City in South Carolina.
After arriving at the island in late September, sea trials and familiarization exercises were held in local waters for the Police Marine Unit. The vessel will be based in Hamilton for general patrol, search and rescue, dive operations and general assistance to police units and governmental agencies.
Guardian is an all aluminum mono-hull design that features all the design upgrades included in the current New South Wales Police Boat fleet that replaced seven 16 m police boats delivery by Austal in 2000.
The vessel has a cruising speed of 20 knots with a 400 nautical mile range. Designed to operate up to 200 nautical miles offshore. it is outfitted with an array of communication and navigation equipment to compliment the role and capabilities.
From May 19 - 26, 2006 the Bermuda Police Service held a competition to name its new Police boat, which was open to all elementary, middle school and high school students across the island. 98 entries were received and the name ̉GuardianÓ was submitted by Bermuda High School student Freya Lawrence and ultimately chosen as the name of the new Police vessel.