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HMC Protector: Customs patrol boat launched

17 March 2014 Last updated at 15:27 GMT

A new customs patrol vessel has been launched by the Border Force to help in the fight against the trafficking of drugs along with other restricted or prohibited goods.

At almost 50m long and weighing 400 tonnes, it replaces HMC Sentinel, following decommissioning in 2013.

It will be located in Portsmouth and will operate around the UK coastline.

The BBC's Richard Slee has been on board, to see how the vessel, known as a cutter, will protect the UK's waters.

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