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- n. a vessel assigned to patrol an area
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Out from Chuenpee Fort comes an Imperial patrol boat with some minor official riff-raff aboard, hollering to us to heave to; Ward cocked an eye at me, but I shook my head, and we swept past them without so much as "good day"; they clamoured in our wake for a while, beating gongs and waving wildly, but gave up when they saw we'd no intention of stopping.
He stopped as the police patrol boat cut in her deep growling engines, and, with her siren whoopwhoopwhooping, hurtled off into the night, her wake churning.
He waited until the patrol boat was fifty yards astern, coming up very fast, the siren whooping deafen-ingly, then grimly he turned the tiller into her and prayed the captain was awake.
Wu swung the tiller hard to port away from the Marine Police patrol boat and gunned both the engines to full ahead.
The protests follow a May 26 incident when a Chinese patrol boat allegedly destroyed the cable on a state-owned PetroVietnam boat conducting seismic research some 120 nautical miles off Vietnam's central coast.