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Costa Rica officials in Baltimore raise new flag on old U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats

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The Costa Rican flag rose Tuesday in Baltimore on a refurbished former U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat, one of two outdated vessels the United States is donating to the Central American nation to help fight drug and human trafficking.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

Outfitted with new radar, communications equipment and paint, the newly christened Libertadors Juan Rafael Mora Porras and Gen. Jose M. Canas Escamilla, will make their...

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