Guardian Angel: The new 54-foot multi-purpose police boat MV 'Guardian' sits at Barr's Bay Park on Monday afternoon.
Guardian Angel: The new 54-foot multi-purpose police boat MV 'Guardian' sits at Barr's Bay Park on Monday afternoon.
The long arm of the law just got longer - so much longer, in fact, that it can now reach 200 nautical miles offshore.

That's because the marine section of the Bermuda Police Service has unveiled its brand new vessel - proudly named MV Guardian.

She was officially dedicated at a ceremony on Monday at dockside near the marine section offices at Barr's Bay Park.

A slew of current and former top brass of the BPS were on hand to see Governor, Sir John Vereker check out the boat's amenities and make impromptu remarks, flanked by most of the maritime police contingent.

"Hithertofore we've had only an inshore capacity," Sir. John observed with the pristine white mono hull looming behind him.

"The MV Guardian can go 200 nautical miles offshore for rescues and to spot the troublemakers. It takes law enforcement to a whole new level and has already been 28 nautical miles offshore to rescue a dismasted yacht."

The Guardian is 54 feet long with a draft of four feet and has a cruising speed of 20 knots (23 mph) and a cruising range of 400 nautical miles.

It's also stocked with "an array of communication and navigation equipment to complement her role and capabilities."

The craft arrived in September from a shipyard in western Australia and marine officers have since undergone familiarization and training on board.