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. Fred Zeppelin

    They will probably start shooting Democrats.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. indymid

    Looks like their expecting an invasion!!!

    March 1, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      I wouldn't have thought there was enough water in the river to float that monster.

      March 1, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      The invasion started years ago.

      March 1, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      No, they are not =expecting= one,

      They are =reacting= to one.

      March 1, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      @ Paul..Thats just hat i was thinking...lol..Tehre will prolly be a deputy on there saying land ho every 20 yards.

      @ indymind – Dude the invasion happened along time ago havent you noticed? i belive it started rght around the signing of NAFTA

      March 1, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • stranger in an increasingly strange land

      Texas has its own Army, the Texas Guard, its own Air Force and now its own Navy, including the Battleship Texas. How can they do this? Because they were an independant nation that joined the USA under a treaty. Texas could withdraw from that treaty and become an independant nation again.

      March 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |

    And by the way yanks, you stole five states from Mexico illegally but you didn't nother to change all those exotic Spanish names to English!! You know, like Texas, Arizona, California, New Mexico and Neveda!!! Sort of like stealing the Native Americans' land and putting them in concentration camps then a century later, using their tribal names as your sporting teams mascots or like stealing African-American jazz and blues after enslaving them for four-hundred years! Shame on you yanks!

    March 1, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      California was part of the Republic of Mexico for only about 20 years. The land had been seized from Native Americans by the Spanish and then seized by the ruling elite in Mexico City after the creation of the Mexican republic; similar to the Communists of the new Soviet Union seizing the lands (like Estonia) that had been seized by the Russians Tsars. The Spanish rulers of Calf. manage to kill off some 90% of the native Americans in Calf. Only a few thousand people spoke Spanish in Calf. when it became part of the US over a century and a half ago. It was not Mexicans who lost their own land, it was the Native Americans of the US Southwest.

      March 1, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • anon

      Considering you keep using the word "yanks", I'm assuming you're British. If that's the case, then you're fooling yourself if you think your hands are blood free. That's a nice glass house you got there, so stop throwing stones yeah?

      March 1, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Achmed Fubar

      Texas is not a mexican name. Tejas is Caddo Indian name for friend. The modern pronuciation is Texas. All i can say about the gunboats is, "IT'S ABOUT TIME!" "Troops on the borders next!"

      March 1, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      I guess you arent enjoying the land we stole thats under your feet

      March 1, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Moron...do you have any idea where Native Americans came from? ...For the record, I am one.

      March 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Emmett

    A texas navy? Too funny for words

    March 1, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. glenn

    Welcome yall to the new Texas, Mexas.Get used to it . It is a done deal!!!

    March 1, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Publius Novus

    U.S. Const. art. I, sec. 10, cl. 3: "No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, . . . keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace . . . ." Where are all the right-wing strict constructionists when you need them?

    March 1, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      They are supporting the boats because when you are a right-winged nut, you get to pick and choose your interests as they best suit you. So the war ships does not apply here because the fear of Mexican illegal immigration panders more votes.

      March 1, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      Texas is an amendment to that as it has teh right to seceed. Not that we will or are but that is your answer. And we shot all the left extremeist cornhole loving hippies so you wont find those in these here parts.

      March 1, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ron

    Texas was not stolen. Texas won their independance from Mexico. years later the Republic of Texas joined the union.

    March 1, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Texmex

    Texas is forgetting something, this is a presidential election year in Mexico and the candidate most likely to win Peña Nieto has said that he will stop fighting the cartels, he's said also that America is the biggest consumer they should deal with the cartels.scary ah! So the America should better start treating Mexicans with respect if we don't want them to stop fighting this war for us.

    March 1, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • steve armstrong

      The U.S. has proven it's willingness to invade any country, any time. It would at least serve the interests of normal Americans to invade Mexico and clean up a 100 mile barrier zone. I'm sort of joking, but not entirely.

      March 1, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. steve armstrong

    I may have missed something, but I just drove all the way across Texas and didn't see a drop of water in the Rio Grande.

    March 1, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |

    At least its sleeker and prettier than the Cowboys' cheer leaders!!! Hahahahaha!

    March 1, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Salk

    Before people claim we stole Cali and the rest of the SW states, they need to read a little and understand that claiming large parcels of land in colonial times did not make you the instant owner of everything that you could point a stick at.

    If you know nothing of the abandoned forts on the west coast, the starving soldiers left to rot, then please exit the conversation and grab a history book.

    Being American I hate what happened to the native populations both South and North of the border, but I must point out that I can't think of a single country in the WORLD that isn't built on blood, not saying it's right...just what it is.

    Ps. Every dollar sent out of the US to buy oil and toys, equals a net loss unless someone buys our junk in return.

    March 1, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. rosethornne

    1. We are all immigrants – humans did not evolve on this continent (or were not placed on this continent by the sky fairy if you happen to believe in magic instead of science).

    2. 1 is irrelevant – we are a nation of laws, and a modern sovereign nation cannot provide for its citizens if the lawful citizens cannot be distinguished from non-citizens.

    3. Some (large) number of illegal immigrants are already here. The ones that are criminals or are just being parasitic, ship them to argentina. The ones that are working hard and just want the american dream, or were brought here when they were children and had no choice, provide a path to citizenship and sign them up for good ole' american taxes.

    4. Are you serious? A boat on a river that's only a foot or two deep? Seriously?!

    March 1, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |

    Too bad the idiot on Crawford ranch couldn't supply a few during the Katrina desaster! Stupid Texans!

    March 1, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. hooch

    Also need a giant paintball machine gun with traceable non erasible ink.
    Send out some drones to find and light the way for them to the nearest ICE vans.
    Add a few hovercraft too. Good training area for the Navy and Marines.
    Forget the other stuff. –Bush should have been impeached and convicted for neglecting our border.
    And for Obama, the same..
    Enforce the law.
    Even though this sounds like cheap political timing by Perry, it needs to be done.
    Even a fifth grader can probably figure out the cost-benefit ratio of interdiction of illegals AND drugs will be positive.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hooch

    I Call'em Like I See'um.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
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