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Sep 08 - Three New Interceptors Boost The GDP’s Marine Section

The Gibraltar Defence Police (GDP) has had its Marine Section boosted with three new, high-speed interceptors.

The vessels have been named after three Gibraltar Services Police officers who died 75 years ago in an explosion in Tangiers. A future maintenance facility at Gunwharf will be named after another officer who died on that day, Sergeant Henning.

The vessels were built by Tampa Defence in Florida and incorporate state of the art navigational and safety equipment. They were fitted out by South Boats Ltd. on the Isle of Wight.

The largest vessel, the “Charles Curtis”, is a 44ft fast interceptor. The “Abraham Attias” is smaller and is powered by three 300hp outboard engines. The “Stephen McKillop” is powered by two inboard diesel engines delivering propulsion via twin jets.

The GDP’s Chief Officer, Rob Allen, said that the new vessels would enable the GDP to continue to carry out its role with modern, fast equipment.

The Governor, Lt. Gen. Ed Davis, said that the Tangier tragedy provided an inspiration for current officers.

Relatives of the officers were also present during the ceremony.

The boats were blessed by representatives from the Catholic and Anglican churches and the Rabbi.