During the presentation of the two boats, organized by the Ministry of Security, will be also announced the construction of a new Training Center for Coast Guard officers.
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Published Thursday, February 18, 2021

U.S. donates two police vessels to
the National Coast Guard Service



By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The United States government, through the U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, INL, has donated two boats to the National Coast Guard Service of Costa Rica.

The U.S. government also are going to aid in the repairs of four small boats that are used by the Costa Rican Coast Guard.

During the presentation of the two boats, organized by the Ministry of Security, will be also announced the construction of a new Training Center for Coast Guard officers.

The celebratory event will take place this morning at the Coast Guard Station in Caldera Canton, Puntarenas Province, with the participation of Gloria Berbena, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires and Albert Kraaimore, Director of INL.

Expats will be able to view the event by a live stream on the Facebook page of the Ministry of Security, today at 9 a.m.

This is one of many donations made by the U.S. government to the National Coast Guard Service of Costa Rica. The two most recent donations were last given in December 2020.



The first contribution was in form of a purchase of three police vessels from the U.S. company Metal Shark, a firm specialized in the design of vessels for law enforcement purposes, according to the embassy.

The vessels will play a key role in the plan of the Costa Rican government’s fight against drug trafficking and the improvement of the country's capacity to patrol its waters.

According to the embassy, U.S. aid in security has quadrupled in the last three years by more than $40 million per year where funding has been dispersed to maritime and border security programs, police professionalization, justice sector support, grassroots citizen security, and aviation cooperation.



In December 2020, with the support of the U.S., the Aerial Surveillance Service bought a new aircraft and construction hangar that is used to store the four UH-1ST helicopters previously donated by the U.S. government.




The Cessna Grand Caravan is used by the Air Surveillance Service for air transportation, search and rescue operations, anti-drug operations, the combat of illegal fishing and humanitarian support.



The aircraft is valued at $5.6 million, purchased with U.S. and Costa Rican funds, and the total value includes the plane, spare parts, maintenance, and training.

The U.S. also donated a maintenance hangar to the Air Surveillance Service. The 3,084-square meter infrastructure is valued at more than $508,000 and can hold up to eight aircrafts. The hangar has special lighting, ventilation, and closed space to store spare parts and tools.

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