Border Force cut­ter slips onto pon­toon

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

A HIGH-pow­ered twin en­gined RIB roared into Camp­bel­town as part of Op­er­a­tion Kraken.

Border Force Ac­tive is one of four ves­sels with sim­i­lar roles launched in 2016.

It is pow­ered by twin Cater­pil­lar C18 en­gines driv­ing twin wa­ter jets through a pair of re­duc­tion gear­boxes and has in­stalled power of 1,727 hp.

A crew mem­ber handed a Courier re­porter a card stat­ing that the ves­sel pa­trols UK coastal waters as part of a 2016 gov­ern­ment project.

Co­de­named Kraken it en­cour­ages peo­ple to re­port sus­pi­cious or un­usual ac­tiv­ity at sea.

The crew said that they could not be more spe­cific about the craft’s role.

A Border Force spokesper­son from Glas­gow added: ‘We do not com­ment on op­er­a­tional ac­tiv­ity.’

Border Force high speed RIB Ac­tive on Camp­bel­town pon­toon.

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