U.S. Coast Guard adds to its fleet

The Lower Mississippi River Sector of the U-S Coast Guard has two new members of its fleet that officials here say will make Memphis a safer place to live.

Two 25 foot defender class response boats are replacing two older boats here at the coast guard.

The high performance machines are safer, faster and easier to maneuver than the older models they will replace.  They will be used for law enforcement missions, routine patrols and to assist local police in search and rescue.

Lt. Tim Martin with the U.S. Coast Guard says, "We're going to be checking the bridges facilities and refineries that we have here in the area and I think the people of Memphis should feel safer having them here."

Because they're brand new, they'll spend less time in the repair shop and more time patrolling the waters.

The coast guard is already using more than 400 of the boats throughout the country but this is a first for the lower Mississippi sector and they really excited it about it because they believe it will help them do an even better job of protecting our local waters.