Honduras and El Salvador commission first Near Coastal Patrol Vessels

by Chinmay Kohad & Vinod Kumar CV

The navies of Honduras and El Salvador have received and commissioned their first Metal Shark Defiant 85 Near Coastal Patrol Vessels (NCPVs) donated by the United States.


        The Honduran Naval Force's new patrol boat, 
        Río Aguán
         (FNH-8502), was commissioned on 9 July.
       (Secretaria de Defensa Nacional, Honduras)

The Honduran Naval Force's new patrol boat, Río Aguán (FNH-8502), was commissioned on 9 July. (Secretaria de Defensa Nacional, Honduras)

The Salvadoran Naval Force commissioned its new boat, PM-15, on 22 July; while the Honduran Naval Force's new boat, Río Aguán (FNH 8502), officially joined the fleet at Puerto Cortés Naval Base on 9 July.

The vessels were donated by the US Department of State and US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme as part of efforts to support patrol operations in US-allied countries in Central America, Latin America and the Caribbean. The programme is funded mainly by the US, with a small contribution by the receiving country. Recipients include Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Metal Shark was awarded a USD54 million contract in July 2017 to build up to 13 patrol boats for the programme.

The NCPV, also known as the Defiant 85 class, is based on the Damen Stan Patrol 2606 platform. It has a displacement of 55 tonnes, a length of 25.9 m, a 6 m beam, a 1.8 m draft, and is powered by two 1,600-hp Caterpillar C-32 engines. The vessel can carry a 5.6 m rigid-hulled inflatable boat and has a crew complement of 10.

The patrol boat has been fitted with electro-optic infrared systems for night operations and has the provision to carry one 12.7 mm and two 7.62 mm machine guns.

The first boat, Betelgeuse

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