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HMC Searcher
HMC Searcher River Fowey 1 May 2011
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: Searcher
Builder: Damen Group, Netherlands
Launched: 2002
Commissioned: 2002
Identification: IMO number: 9234800Callsign: ZITI4
General characteristics
Class & type: UKBF 42m Customs Cutter
Length: 42.80 m (140.4 ft)
Beam: 7.11 m (23.3 ft)
Draught: 2.52 m (8.3 ft)
Installed power: 4,176 kW (5,600 hp)
Propulsion:
  • Two Caterpillar 3516B DI-TA Elec
  • Two 3.5:1 reduction gearboxes
  • Two 4-blade controllable pitch propellers
  • One Promac bow thruster
  • Two 106kWA generator sets
Speed: 26 knots (48 km/h)
Range: 1,750 nmi (3,240 km) at 12kn
Endurance: 14 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
  • One 7m RIB (32 kn)
  • One 3.8m Rescue Boat
Complement: 12

HMC Searcher is one of five cutter ships operated by UK Visas and Immigration[citation needed] in the role of patrolling the waters of the United Kingdom. She was launched by Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands in 2002.

HistoryEdit

HMC Searcher entered service in 2002 with what was then HM Customs and Excise (HMCE). HMCE merged with the Inland Revenue in 2005, and the cutter fleet became part of the newly founded HM Revenue and Customs. In 2008, the fleet transferred to the UK Border Agency, which was established to maintain the UK border. She now operates as part of the UK Visas and Immigration fleet of five cutters.

PrefixEdit

From the merger of the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise into HM Revenue and Customs on 18 April 2005, customs cutters changed their prefix from "HMRC" (Her Majesty's Revenue Cutter) to "HMCC" (Her Majesty's Customs Cutter). Following the transfer to the UK Border Agency this was shortened to the present "HMC" (Her Majesty's Cutter) and a new livery was applied to the fleet.

ConstructionEdit

HMC Searcher is the third of the Customs and Excise's fleet of 42-metre (138 ft) customs patrol vessels. She was built in 2002 in the Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands, and has a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure.

Her 7-metre (23 ft) Rigid Inflatable Boat is launched and recovered from her stern slipway.

PropulsionEdit

She is fitted with twin Caterpillar diesel engines, with a top speed of 26 knots (48 km/h).[1]

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