Texas 'navy' to patrol the Rio Grande
Texas will deploy a fleet of six gunboats on the Rio Grande.
February 29th, 2012
02:11 PM ET

Texas 'navy' to patrol the Rio Grande

Texas is getting its own navy.

Next month, the state's Department of Public Safety will deploy the first of a fleet of six gunboats on the Rio Grande, the river that forms the border between the state and Mexico, CNN affiliate WFAA-TV reports.

The 34-foot-long boats, each powered by three, 300-horsepower outboard engines, will have bulletproof plating and six machine guns apiece, not unlike the river patrol boats the U.S. Navy used during the Vietnam War.

The vessels will be able to operate in as little as 2 feet of water, according to the report, and will work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to combat drug smuggling coming across the Rio Grande.

"They're finding out when those people are coming across, and one of the things they need to be able to do is interdict them on the water," Texas state Rep. Paul Workman told CNN affiliate KVUE-TV when the first of the boats, the JD Davis, was christened in December.

"If you're trying to suppress organized smuggling activity, there's no substitute for putting people on the ground," Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven C. McCraw said at the December ceremony. "The way they're operating right now, you need them on the water as well."

"It sends a message: Don't mess with Texas," Jose Rodriguez, a regional commander of the Texas Department of Safety, told WFAA.

The six boats will be named after Texas state troopers killed in the line of duty. The first was named after Jerry Don Davis, who was shot and killed in 1980. Another, to be commissioned Thursday in Austin, will be named in honor of  trooper David Irvine Rucker, who was killed in 1981, according to The Brownsville Herald.

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  1. shut_up

    they dont have navy seals these are dps sharks, much more efficient....

    February 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kandy321

    Hey Eric Holder, will you be supplying the Mexican drug cartels with torpedoes?

    February 29, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sinister

      my my, how witty of you...

      February 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheLostSurveyor

      No. But the Republicans will be selling drugs to the cartels and using the money to fund third world dictators everywhere.

      February 29, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ABQ

    I didn't think boats that big could float on the Rio Grande.

    February 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alfred

    It's about time.... we need to let Sout Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan take care of their own. WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF US.

    February 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. james

    About Damn time–Blow the drug dealers out of the water–

    February 29, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pastafaria

    I've been to both TX and Mexico several times and my suggestion would be to just let in any Mexican who wants to come in and give them amnesty and in exchange their children can provide free tutoring to native Texan adults in basic English grammatical skills and/or remedial science.

    February 29, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bears are a Myth


      February 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Thomas Covenant

    And wait for the Obama administration to object.

    February 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • More Ammo Please.

      O'bama will only apologize after we blow one of them drug runners out of the water. Great job Texas.Is this gonna be part of the Texas Rangers and is Walker and Trevete gonna be in charge. God I sure hope so.

      February 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tommy Mack

      You mean the president that's deported more illegals in three years than Bush did in 8?

      You, sir, have shown yourself to be lacking in what civilized people call "brains".

      February 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • kandy321

      Obama won't object considering his boy Holder will supply the torpedoes to the cartels to blow these boats and more American law enforcement out of the water.

      February 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • TomCom

      Obama has deported more illegals than any other president. They probably paid for the boats

      February 29, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyrus

      Yes, by "objecting" you mean how the bankrupt Texas ($27 billion in deficit) got $28.6 million on Homeland Security Funding in FY2011 to buy these tools and increase border patrol, right? I can understand if someone has an ideological difference with this President or anyone. What I don't understand is the asinine comments such as this one. Read the Texas budget, as well as the budget for Dept. of Public Safety. Better yet, learn to read.

      February 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. KB

    The Confederate Navy of Texas. Yeeehawww! These riverine operations should get real interestin' now and will just serve to push the narcos to Arizona and California. I guess, that solves Texas' problem, but not the U.S.'s problem. Nice to see the southern states upping the ante.

    February 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. steve

    run the waterways like we did in Nam in the delta.
    when we unleashed our 50 cal weapons, the shores were 3 deep in bodies!
    it was a very good deterrent!

    February 29, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnb

      You are a very sick man or some teenager with no sense.

      February 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • geggyg

      Couldnt have been too much of a deterent , the US lost in vietnam

      February 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • TeeHee

      And you guys lost THAT war.... just like you are losing THIS war on drugs and immigration...

      February 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • kandy321

      The United States loses every war.

      February 29, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kiwilogic

    Americans complaining about illegal immigrants is like a black man joining the KKK because he hates black people. Apart from the american indians everyone in america is an immigrant or descended from immigrants the country was founded and built by immigrants and has taken foreign culture, religions, ways of life and melded it together to create the america you know today. Texas itself used to be mexico and was taken through war so get over it, if some mexicans want to go back to where their families originally came from so be it.

    February 29, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©


      Oh, you're serious, aren't you?


      February 29, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Medved

      Hmmm. I believe your logic is very flawed here. The key in this complaint, is the fact that the immigrants are ILLEGAL. Nobody is protesting legal immigration. The illegal immigrants on the other hand, who come here with unknown backgrounds, skill sets (or lack thereof), etc. is what makes the whole issue an issue. I suppose using common sense is an uncommon virtue nowadays...

      February 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • More Ammo Please.

      Thats OK with me but why do I have to adapt everything to them. Why can't they at least learn our language ? That is the trouble with immigration today to many people think we need to accommodate them instead of them adapting to our way of life.

      February 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Hey bs artist........America is spelled with a capital letter.

      February 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tiff

      You are mistaken.. it has been proven that white people were here at the same times as the native Americans.. And like a another poster pointed out.. no one is saying lock down the borders and don't let anyone else in.. we need a better path to LEGAL immigration where we get folks here who can really contribute to our society, not just join the welfare line.

      February 29, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • HeIsGod

      LOL, well said.

      February 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. steve

    i have no trouble with illegals
    i think every home should have a few to take care of the premises!

    February 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |


    February 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Dems would be perpetually reelected for sure.

      February 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tiff

      Lets not forget that that is was Bush Jr. who gave the last round of amnesty to the illegals...

      February 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dan

    Let me guess... the Texas Navy consist of a cat fishing rig with Rednecks holding shotguns and garden hoses hooked up to a pneumatic pump(?).

    February 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    Six gun boats, 900 horsepower, 2000 rounds.......and now, it's Miller time.

    February 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bl4ck 0ut sUn

    What kind of sheet storm will it be on the news when the public finds out innocent women and children are being shot crossing the Rio to find jobs working at McDonalds?! Yee Haw!

    February 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tiff

      Maybe it will stop all of them from crossing.. stay home

      February 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
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