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Colombian Navy launches latest amphibious ship

22 June 2018

The Colombian Navy launched its fifth amphibious landing vessel (BDA), ARC Bahia Colombia , in Cartagena on 15 June.

ARC Bahia Colombia is the sixth BDA and built by Colombia’s state-owned shipbuilding company COTECMAR and the fifth of the MK II series . Honduras received another version of the ship modified for logistics and humanitarian support known as BAL-C.

ARC Bahia Colombia is the first example of the new rapid reaction unit (URR) variant, which, while retaining amphibious operations capabilities and logistic support, has been designed for use as a support vessel for maritime interdiction duties, Vice Admiral Javier Diaz Reina, CEO of COTECMAR, told Jane’s .

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