Fast boats for Colombia

The rapid-reaction vessels will support Colombia’s maritime interdiction efforts against transnational crime.

U.S. Donates Interception Vessels to Colombian Navy

Julieta Pelcastre

The U.S. presented the Colombian Navy with five new 380X Defender interception boats and a 410 Apostle at the port of Cartagena, Colombia, June 20, 2018. The vessels will support maritime patrol efforts in the Pacific and Caribbean to counter transnational crime. Colombia expects two more boats by the end of 2018.

“The U.S. government-donated vessels will increase the Coast Guard’s effectiveness in the pursuit and detention of vessels used in narcotrafficking and other illicit activities at sea, while also guaranteeing human security and preserving the country’s natural resources,” Commander Javier Bermúdez, head of the Colombian Navy’s Coast Guard Command, told Diálogo.

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