The patrol boats are expected to arrive in the country at the end of April. To join the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking, the United States donated two Libertador Class patrol boats to Costa Rica, which currently travel across the Atlantic from the Baltimore Maryland port to Caldera.
The ships are manned by 47 members of the National Coast Guard Service, who were trained for a period of three months in the United States.
“The patrol boats will also have the role of controlling illegal fishing, and will collaborate in search and rescue missions, as well as in the control of the traffic of people across the sea,” said the Ministry of Public Security (MSP).
The donation of these patrol boats was achieved through coordination between the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship, the Embassy of Costa Rica in the United States, the United States Embassy in Costa Rica.
“Through this new equipment, Costa Rica strengthens its capacity to continue developing humanitarian operations, anti-drug actions and the conservation of marine biodiversity,” said Security Minister Gustavo Mata.
The patrol boats are expected to arrive in the country at the end of April.