Costa Rican officials in Baltimore on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, raised their country’s flag aboard the Libertador Juan Rafael Mora Porras, one of two 110-foot, decommissioned U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats that were donated to the Central American nation. (Colin Campbell/Baltimore Sun)

Costa Rica Officials in Baltimore Raise New Flag on Old U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Boats

The Costa Rican flag rose Tuesday in Baltimore on a refurbished former U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat, one of two outdated vessels the United States is donating to the Central American nation to help fight drug and human trafficking.

As part of the transfer, worth about $18 million, a pair of Costa Rican Coast Guard crews are undergoing 10 weeks of training at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, where they will be taught to operate the 110-foot cutters formerly known as the Long Island and the Roanoke Island.

Read more at The Baltimore Sun here.

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