Carlisle & Finch Co.

Military / Patrol

The Carlisle & Finch Company is the standard for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and a multitude of defense forces and militaries around the world. See a partial listing of the many fleets where C&F searchlights are currently installed:


The Carlisle & Finch Co. has been the standard searchlight supplier to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard for over 100 years. 

To learn more of the variety of searchlights currently installed on each particular fleet:

Fast Patrol Vessels

Carlisle & Finch also has products designed for smaller fast patrol craft with specific features used strategically by patrol boats.

National Stock Numbers

Because so many U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy fleets have standardized C&F products, many C&F searchlights have approved National Stock Numbers (NSN). When an NSN has been assigned to a product, it means that that searchlight has gone through the rigorous approval process to become a standard product. See a listing of many of the searchlights with assigned NSNs.

The following are a list of features offered on C&F Searchlights, which are strategic for Military and Patrol Vessel applications

Bullet-Resistant Reflectors

Included on all xenon searchlights, the precision-optic reflectors are made of virtually indestructible nickel material which resists breakage if impacted by bullets or rocks.

LED "Wall of Light"

Auxiliary LEDs added to the searchlight strategically illuminate wide areas close to the vessel where the narrower searchlight beam cannot service. During the interdiction process, the apprehended vessel will be entirely engulfed in light which provides total situational awareness and denies the night vision of dangerous individuals onboard.

High-Powered Strobe

A powerful strobe feature offered on LED and xenon searchlights provides a dizzying and disorienting effect on dangerous intruders and terrorists. This feature instantly transforms the searchlight into a nonlethal weapon and can be strategically used on demand during the vessel interdiction process.

Embedded Thermal / Lowlight Camera

Adding a thermal camera and/or lowlight camera to the searchlight, allows the camera and the searchlight to work synergistically. The intruder is first spotted covertly with the camera, and since the searchlight is aligned precisely on the same target, a quick flip of the switch will instantly light up the intruder. This integration allows the camera to act as a covert targeting device to instantly blind and deter the intruder.

Infrared (IR) LEDs

Infrared LEDs added to the searchlight project an invisible beam unseen by the human eye but seen with night vision devices. When used in conjunction with night vision goggles and/or lowlight cameras, this feature provides additional night vision capabilities not provided with thermal cameras.

Manual Sentry Override

If any motor fails (i.e. Up, Down, Right, Left or Electric Beam-Size Focus), all of the searchlight functions can be operated manually in backup mode with no tools required. In addition, this feature allows an onboard sentry to quickly switch the searchlight into manual mode, and then standing right next to the searchlight, operate the searchlight during search and rescue, ship interdiction, etc.

Remote Computer Control

Systems composed of a searchlight, night vision camera and/or IR illuminator are integrated into the ship bridge via TCP/IP (Ethernet), using the advanced Carlisle & Finch SmartVIEW™ digital control system. Standard protocols utilized include NMEA 0183, Pelco-D, ONVIF, and Carlisle & Finch’s own proprietary protocol.

Built-in Redundancy LED Searchlights

12-inch and 19-inch LED Searchlights are composed of multiple LED PODS, with each POD powered from its own electronic board. Should one board fail, a bright beam is still projected by the other POD(s), which ensures maximum product availability during critical patrol boat missions.

Built-in Redundancy Xenon Searchlights

500 Watt and 1000 Watt xenon searchlights have electronic ballast designs which include multiple electronic boards. Should one board fail, a bright beam is still projected by the other board(s) to ensure maximum product availability during critical patrol boat missions.

Plant Shutdown


We will be closed for our Annual 2-Week Vacation from 29-July to 13-August. No orders will be manufactured or shipped during this time. We reopen 14-August-23.