WHY WERE V.I. GOVERNMENT BOATS IN BVI?

Over the Christmas holiday I had the opportunity to go sailing through our beautiful waters and visit the British Virgin Islands. At West End where we chose to clear Customs, I was surprised to see one of the Virgin Islands' navy boats docked.
To my understanding the Fire Runner and Tampo One, as they have been christened, are meant to move material between the three U.S. Virgin Islands. Unless I am completely out of the loop, the last time I checked, Tortola was definitely a British island.
I hope that someone, anyone, can let me know what the Fire Runner was doing in the BVI. Government work, or some favor for a friend?
For a government in fiscal crisis, I am surprised and outraged that money, time and fuel may have been wasted in this fashion.
I hope that someone can shed some light on the Fire Runner's activities. Who is charge around here?

Thomas B. Brunt IV
St. Thomas

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