Coast Guard to Transfer Two Patrol Cutters to Costa Rica
BALTIMORE — The U.S. Coast Guard is transferring two Island-class 110-foot cutters to the Costa Rican Coast Guard, the U.S. Fifth Coast Guard District said in a Feb. 6 announcement.
“The ships, originally Coast Guard Cutter Long Island and Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island, are now Libertador Juan Rafael Mora Porras and Libertador General José Maria Cañas Escamilla,” the announcement said. “The ships are set to sail to Costa Rica in spring of 2018.”
The cutters will be used in the “fight against drug trafficking, illegal fishing and other illicit activities,” the district said. “The [U.S.] Coast Guard provided new equipment to outfit the cutters, and [U.S.] Coast Guard personnel are training the new Costa Rican crews on the platforms through the Foreign Military Sales program. The cutter transfers help build and sustain international partnerships, foster regional and global maritime safety, and save the Coast Guard money in disposal costs.”
The U.S. Coast Guard is replacing its Island-class patrol cutters with the Sentinel-class fast response cutters.