JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's officially here! The Coast Guard's patrol boat has docked and is almost ready for its next mission.
The newest addition to Jacksonville's fleet cruised into Mayport, the Diamondback cutter comes equipped with a crew and advanced technical capabilities.
"One of the first things my crew said was 'this feels like home Captain' and that's a great feeling," said Lt. Junior Grade John Ariail, Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback.
Leaving behind nothing but memories in Miami, Diamondback's crew tells Action News they're proud to call Mayport their new home. We're told the first coast is a perfect fit for future operations.
"Jacksonville has the ability to head resources north or south and be right in the middle of the action very quickly," said Captain Tom Allan, Commander of Sector Jacksonville.
The 87-foot Coast Guard cutter will be used for everything from environmental protection to law enforcement, and already has quite the track record.
"We've had some high profile search and rescue operations with lives saved and we also had some success in interdiction operations," said Lt. Ariail.
Diamondback has one thing that many others don't, its stern launches a high powered jet boat, which would be instrumental for water rescues.
Since the cutter just arrived Thursday, they're allowing some time for the crew to get acclimated to the city of Jacksonville. However, come July 1st it will be fully operational.