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. Joe Taylor

    We didn't have money for teachers this year in Texas (ranked #44 in US education, by state)

    February 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • WeDon'tMatter

      And now you have very expensive boats with nobody educated enough to man them.

      February 29, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • qanerd

      You don't have money for teachers because your extra dough is supporting a ton of illegals' education and health care.

      February 29, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. WeDon'tMatter

    I can see a Coast Guard gunship bearing down on a Texas Navy patrol boat now. Give Texas back to Mexico.

    February 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Maybe we should give you to Mexico. Let us know how you like it.

      February 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ray

    my message to texans. If your gonna talk the talk? walk the walk. if your that big bad and tuff should be noooooooooooooooooooooooooproblem some filthy wet balls coming accross that big border. Cause your big bad texans. but i dont see no texas man or woman with kids, going after cartells. or stopping illegals. So really to me your cowards down there....

    you know Sam houston didnt have a fear problem. He handled his mexican problem real good.

    For what ever reason his offspring not so much......lloll....

    the modern texan is nothing but a two bit coward.....no shame......

    imagine letting those browan animals have there way....

    February 29, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • r00t

      Way to put a massively diverse population into 1 group, you must be very intelligent!

      February 29, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • ray

      comment stands. your a bunch of wussies......but sam houston thats a texan. He grabbed those filthy animals by the neck. and went to war with them. His offspring just talk the talk and talk the talk.......and talk and talk.................and just say dont mess with texas dont mess with texas........................

      mexican mess with texans on a daily basis......

      lets call "it" what it is. Texans are afraid of mexicans.

      sam houston rolls in his grave watching his coward descendants.......

      February 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • specter

      Your grammar hurts my eyes. Go trend to your cousin, ziek you leave these complicated matters to the educated folks.

      February 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ray

      grow a pair and stand up to mexicans. or stop saying that stupid phrase......

      February 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • martin


      February 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ray

      call me ignorant all you want. Stand up to those fcken ppl.....or stop claiming to be something you obviously aint....plain and simple....

      February 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • specter

      "Texas is dumb..." Patrick star & Spongebob Squarepants

      February 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hello?

      Nobody here in Texas is scared of Mexicans (unlike you). We have been living with people from Latin America in high numbers WAY longer than most of the country. We tend to not hate 1/2 the population of the state. Gets to be a little lonely when you do.

      February 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. specter

    Legalize marijuana, decriminalize possession of all drugs. Disband the atf and down size law enforcement spending in general. The new tax revenue and revenue saved could be used elsewhere. Or, continue fighting this century old failed drug war and spending money we don't have on more cops and their toys.

    February 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldbear60

      preach it brother- but them whats got all that money invested in this farce will oppose you big time. The drug war is a way for the people fighting it to get a pay check and a little graft on the side. DO keep doing in meth. that is a nasty mother... grass is , well just grass.

      February 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TN-guy

    "Don't mess with Texas!....because we are already messed up!"

    February 29, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Phifivepho

    I would agree for that however I don't know if it is effective...
    All the police department in any city know the apartment complexes and the area in town where the illegal Mexicans works. So why they don't round them up ? Because the Mexicans are providing cheap labor in the service and construction sectors and round them up would cripple the local economy... Furthermore, an illegal who is renting a plce from a friend come back to the us 2 week after being deported ? Hi tech fence system, drone, more money to build a wall barrier, extra guard ? .

    February 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rdy_Stdy_GO

    NICE!!!! Those lead slingers are the M240 heavy machine... An effective range of 1800 meters (4700 max.)and seven to nine "Hundred" rounds per minute of 7.62mm... Drug smugglers beware BAH HAHA!!! "6" of those on one highspeed, skinny water platform with "900hp" on the back... that's a lotta Yank!!! BAH HAHAHA!!!Ya gotta love Texas!!! Go big or go home...

    February 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. superplus

    I don't know if this has been said but it would make sense to include a couple of dirt bike motorcycles on board to chase down the more violent armed offenders on land.

    February 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris May

      *LOL* Yeah, and don't forget them Water Wings for that close-in combat situation! *LOL* Oh my Lord. This is some funny stuff.

      February 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris May

    Oh Lord! New toys!! When they're not blowing holes in their own boat, they'll be sitting ducks for those 50MMs that were sent through by the Fast and Furious Delivery Service. Oh Lord. Fighting the drug cartels? Six machine guns? They're going to fire machine guns into a foreign country? *LOL*

    Better get those hard earned tax dollars lined up and in Uncle Sams bank account, because the first time some overzealous HIGHWAY PATROL "officer" opens up on a family of five wading across the Rio Grande, it's going to cost you BIG time.

    I mean, look at the BOAT. It has HIGHWAY patrol painted on the side. How in the world is a BOAT viewed as a HIGHWAY patrol vehicle???? Nothing good can come from this. You should re-think it. Seriously.

    February 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • redbone

      What a sorry comment! This nutjob blasts the idea of having patrol boats to patrol the river but offers no solution of his own! What is YOUR solution BIG MOUTH? Don't have one, do you? Take your stupid comment that you pulled out your behind and check into a nursing home you old piece of p00p! "Oh Lord" – what a dope!

      February 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jlynn

    Don't mess with Texas... it is a good thing they decided not to have a lot of syllables in the battle cry. It might worry all of those Texas high school graduates. 🙂

    February 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |


    February 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    They so dumb in Texas, they put the wrong name on the boat. It should be "Texas Waterway Patrol" and not "Texas Highway Patrol". I guess most of the politicians in Texas are as dumb as their looser Governor.

    February 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Speaking of dumb, Dave, it should be "loser". Not "looser." Also, "they so dumb" should be "they're so dumb". You're welcome from a product of the Texas education system. Oh, the irony...

      February 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Mark, I had to use words/slangs that folks in Texas would understand. You're probably one of the few with access to adequate education and can read and write. Good for you.

      February 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Michael

    All you have to do is end the ridiculous "War on Drugs," and this won't be a problem. Texas could then spend its money on better things, like education.

    February 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    I find boats with "Texas Highway Patrol" written on the side of them amusing.

    Legalize pot.
    Slap a tax on it.
    Pay down the debt.

    Going after the drug companies isn't going to happen.
    Don't take the drug you're prescribed if you don't want to.
    Read the warning pamphlet that comes with any drug you're prescribed, or can obtain easily by looking at any magazine that has its advertising for it...

    The boats are BAD.
    I hope it helps!

    February 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mark from Louisiana

    Texas wouldn't have to do this if obama would enforce our current immigration laws.

    February 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Taylor

      The current administration already does. The number of deportations has gone up since the Obama administration took office.

      February 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Confused

      I love Texas !

      February 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyrus

      Yes, I am sure Texas Dept. of Public Safety, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection just got frustrated with the Obama administration and decided to deploy their own gunboat. Are you really that daft?

      February 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ricky

      The problem they are trying to solve is drug smuggling. I doubt the drug cartels care about immigration laws.

      February 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • big al in tx

      What do Obama's immigration laws have to do with drug smugglers?

      February 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
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