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Honduran navy commissions logistics support vessel

07 November 2017

The Honduran Naval Force (FNH) formally received and commissioned its first Logistics Support and Cabotage Vessel (BAL-C) at the Puerto Cortés naval base on 4 November.

Christened Gracias a Dios (FNH-1611), the vessel cost USD13.5 million and was built by the Colombian Science and Technology Corporation for the Development of Naval, Maritime and Riverine Industries (COTECMAR) at its shipyard in Cartagena de Indias.

The ship’s main missions will include “transporting personnel, foodstuff, equipment, and fuel to the population of the most distant communities, in need or affected by a natural phenomenon located throughout the coastal line of the Caribbean Sea,” General Fredy Díaz Zelaya, Honduras' defence secretary, said.

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