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US Coast Guard donates cutters to Costa Rica

19 October 2017

The US Coast Guard (USCG) donated two vessels to the Costa Rican Coast Guard (Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas) on 13 October as part of the Office of International Acquisition’s Excess Defense Articles programme.

The two patrol boats, Long Island and Roanoke Island , are 110-ft Island-class cutters commissioned in the mid-1980s and decommissioned from USCG service in 2015.

The USCG will provide new equipment to outfit the cutters, as well as technical and training services, it said in a 16 October statement. The vessels are to arrive in Costa Rica in mid-2018.

In June, Jane’s reported that the US Navy selected shipbuilder Metal Shark, with support from Damen Shipyards Group, to construct near coastal patrol vessels for US allies in Central America, including Costa Rica.

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