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Texas "Gunboats" to Patrol Rio Grande
Reuters ^ | Mar 1, 2012 | Tim Gaynor and Cynthia Johnston

Posted on 03/17/2012 3:11:51 PM PDT by gandalftb

Texas unveiled the second of six new 'interceptor' gunboats on Thursday, similar to Navy swift boats that plied the rivers of Vietnam during the Vietnam War, to patrol the waterways of the Mexico border.

"They have night vision capabilities, they have ballistic shielding, and the first couple of boats have fully automatic machine guns," department spokesman Tom Vinger told Reuters.

The boats are emblazoned with the words 'Texas Highway Patrol,' each will have three super quiet 300 horsepower outboard engines.

The boats will be allowed to patrol the northern half of the Rio Grande between El Paso and its mouth near Brownsville, because the international boundary line runs down the middle of the river.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drugs; perry; texas
3 - 300 Hp. outboards on each boat, sheesh. Figures that Texas would have its own Navy, wonder what their uniforms will look like. Hook-em horns?
1 posted on 03/17/2012 3:11:54 PM PDT by gandalftb
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To: gandalftb

How long before racism is screamed?


2 posted on 03/17/2012 3:23:01 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: gandalftb

It won’t be long before obama and his cronies try to put a stop to this. They don’t want anything to disrupt the flow of voters and terrorists that cross daily.


3 posted on 03/17/2012 3:29:04 PM PDT by mardi59 (I AM ANDREW BREITBART)
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To: gandalftb
This ain't anything new:

In 1836, Robert Potter (later Senator Potter) took the helm as the first Secretary of the Texas Navy.

4 posted on 03/17/2012 3:33:40 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Dallas59
How long before racism is screamed?

It has never stopped, we just don't hear it anymore. My guess is everyone in those boats will probably be Hispanic anyway.

5 posted on 03/17/2012 3:37:00 PM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: gandalftb

Not to be outdone by a bunch of rednecks, AG Holder has recommissioned several mothballed WWII killer-hunter submarines to patrol the Rio Grande to find and sink these new Texas boats.

Appropriately, Holder has selected crews from among the SUBHUMANS now infesting the Obama MALadministration.


6 posted on 03/17/2012 3:38:58 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (I really want Obozo to have another term -- in Leavenworth! 25 to life sounds about right.)
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To: gandalftb

Calling Jon Cary who served on a boat. It think it was in Vietnam, in fact!


7 posted on 03/17/2012 3:41:15 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: gandalftb
the first couple of boats have fully automatic machine guns

That's good to hear, because those bolt action and semi-automatic machine guns just aren't up to snuff.

8 posted on 03/17/2012 3:41:56 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: gandalftb

9 posted on 03/17/2012 3:42:22 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: gandalftb
the first couple of boats have fully automatic machine guns

"Fully automatic machine guns"...

As redundant as "Stupid reporter".

10 posted on 03/17/2012 3:45:24 PM PDT by grobdriver
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To: gandalftb
Saw the TEXAS boats at the Miami Boat Show. They are just what the doctor ordered
11 posted on 03/17/2012 3:46:56 PM PDT by ryan71 (Dear spell check - No, I will not capitalize the "m" in moslem!)
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To: TXnMA

All that boat needs is a pair of Texas Longhorn horns on the bow for ramming.

Twin 240Golfs, I like the firepower.


12 posted on 03/17/2012 3:47:50 PM PDT by gandalftb (11th MEU, 2/4 Echo, TRAP Force)
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To: gandalftb

I think Red Jacket built the gun/mounts for them.


13 posted on 03/17/2012 3:51:15 PM PDT by painter (Rebuild The America We love!)
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To: gandalftb

I would add a Ma Deuce, so they can “reach out and touch” folks hassling them from a distance...


14 posted on 03/17/2012 4:00:25 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: TXnMA

LOL

Two comments were posted, one at 6:42 and one at 6:57. Both are very favorable to the boats.

Then we see: “This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited time after their publication.”

I guess for Reuters a “limited time” is 15 minutes.


15 posted on 03/17/2012 4:11:23 PM PDT by Sigurdrifta
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I hope that these are well armored and that the Highway Patrolmen manning them also have quality body armor. They can expect to take fire from the Mexican side. I’m sure that they will have conducted pre-planning for various contingencies including that situation.

If the anti-Americans Holder & Obama (and the hopeful internationalist overlord Hillary) do not like the Texas “rules of engagement” they will bring down the force of the various agencies of the Department of Injustice on Texas like a ton of bricks. DOJ has an endless supply of progressive lawyers on the payroll ready for duty. But I’m assuming that Texas and Governor Perry will be prepared for this and will stand firm. Stand firm in a way that the Arizona governor has not been seen fit to do (at least in a 100% hardcore fashion).


16 posted on 03/17/2012 4:12:43 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: gandalftb

It’s a start. When we start using Napalm and AC-130s I’ll feel even better.


17 posted on 03/17/2012 4:37:50 PM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: TXnMA

Hows about we put the Ma Deuce in the back to cover its six and then put a 30mm GAU-8 Avenger Gatling gun (same used by the A-10 Wart Hog) that fires at up to 4,200 rounds a minute?

If it is too much for the boat then go with the 20mm M61 Vulcan Gatling gun. It fires about 6,000 rounds a minute. It has been used on the F-104, F-106, F-111, F-14, F-15, F-16, F-18 and several others.

Could make an impression on some bad guys! When care to only send the very best!


18 posted on 03/17/2012 4:44:05 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Feckless

How about AC-130 Spectre gun ships?


19 posted on 03/17/2012 4:45:09 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Or an AC-47 Spooky.
20 posted on 03/17/2012 5:26:44 PM PDT by magslinger (If I wanted to vote for a Commie I would vote for Obammie. He has a chance of winning.)
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Better gunslinger: Six mounts with 1 GAU-17/A 7.62 Mini-gun, 1 Mk 19 Mod 3 40mm AGL, 2 .50 M2HB mg, 2 M240G 7.62 GPMG, plus 12 smoke/gas grenade launchers. All with red dot and thermal night sights.
21 posted on 03/17/2012 5:42:05 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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Better gunslinger: Six mounts with 1 GAU-17/A 7.62 Mini-gun, 1 Mk 19 Mod 3 40mm AGL, 2 .50 M2HB mg, 2 M240G 7.62 GPMG, plus 12 smoke/gas grenade launchers. All with red dot and thermal night sights.


22 posted on 03/17/2012 5:44:19 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: ryan71
Saw the TEXAS boats at the Miami Boat Show. They are just what the doctor ordered

Perhpas commission as USS THP Whoopass?

23 posted on 03/17/2012 5:48:19 PM PDT by QT3.14
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To: gandalftb

24 posted on 03/17/2012 5:49:00 PM PDT by deport (..............God Bless Texas............)
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To: All

The sheriff of the county north of Houston has a drone aircraft and says it will be armed. My question: What deputy with his belly hanging over his belt is trained and qualified to fly an armed drone aircraft?


25 posted on 03/17/2012 6:26:12 PM PDT by Terry Mross ( "It happened. And we let it happen. - Peter Griffin, Family Guy)
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To: gandalftb
The boats will be allowed to patrol the northern half of the Rio Grande between El Paso and its mouth near Brownsville,

That makes no sense at all. I can understand the British not knowing the local geography, but they should at least pull out a map.

26 posted on 03/17/2012 7:07:40 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Dallas59
How long before racism is screamed?

Which race are Hispanics?

27 posted on 03/17/2012 7:15:34 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I said AC-130s. A-10s and Apaches would be good, too.


28 posted on 03/17/2012 7:28:17 PM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: gandalftb

So what does the law state the Texas Highway Patrol can do if they receive fire from the Mexican side of the border? Personally I would shoot back.


29 posted on 03/18/2012 6:31:38 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (Just because someone thinks it's a good idea doesn't make it legal.)
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To: PAR35
That makes no sense at all.

I could only guess they meant the US side ('north shore') as opposed to the Mexican side ('south shore') of the river.

30 posted on 03/18/2012 7:16:40 AM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Moltke

Thanks. I can see that reading now.

I usually think of the northern half as being that part in New Mexico and a little bit downstream from there.


31 posted on 03/18/2012 10:50:04 AM PDT by PAR35
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