U.S. Coast Guard transferring cutters to Costa Rica

Posted at 6:58 PM, Feb 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-13 18:59:43-05

Two 110-foot United States patrol boats are being transferred to the Costa Rican Coast Guard.

The boats will be used to help the country fight drug trafficking, illegal fishing, and other illegal activities.

"The transfer of these cutters will forever transform Costa Rica's ability to patrol its extensive waters. Our two countries know that a more secure Costa Rica and a safe Costa Rica is a more secure and safer United States," said U.S Ambassador to Costa Rica Sharon Day. 

The U.S. Coast Guard will also provide new equipment to outfit the boats and training for the Costa Rican crews.    

"The Costa Rican Coast Guard will return to their country prepared and ready to play a transformational role protecting its waters and safeguarding Coast Rican territory," said Day.

Costa Rica is the third nation to receive patrol boats.
The boats were built in the late 1980’s and were equipped with advanced electronic and navigation equipment. They served in the waters off Alaska.

The coats are set to sail to Costa Rica this spring from the Coast Guard yard in Curtis Bay.