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Although patrol vessels are used all over the world to cover large areas of water it is the ship’s boats that are usually launched to board a suspect craft. Typical illegal cargoes include narcotics, arms and people. The smugglers operate from all sizes of vessels while the boarding teams usually travel in RIBs and helicopters. The equipment carried by these RIBs and High Speed Craft is rapidly changing. Sophisticated surveillance electronics include multiple day and night camera systems with laser imaging that is designed for use on fast, open boats that are exposed to the elements and high levels of vibration. Small, rugged data terminals and cameras can be carried by personnel in the boarding team when they leave the RIB. These units can be linked to improve situational awareness during board and search tasks. Camera images can be fed to recording systems to provide evidence in court or for de-briefing.