Colombian Navy Trains Costa Rican Coast Guard

By Dialogo
October 03, 2012

The Colombian National Navy Coast Guard training 30 Costa Rican Coast Guard members in maritime interdiction since September 18.

The training is taking place at the Costa Rican Coast Guard facilities located in Quepos and Caldera, Province of Puntarenas.

According to a press release from the Colombian Navy, Costa Rican National Coast Guard service members are being trained in several fields, such as boarding and inspection of motor boats, site exploration, defensive techniques, maritime intelligence, and tactical maneuvers for seizing boats, among others.

Representatives of the Colombian Coast Guard Mobile Training Group told news agency Notimex that they were willing to help Costa Rica to deter “extremely violent situations similar to those that Colombia experienced.” The group consists of seven Colombian officers.

The Colombian Coast Guard Mobile Training Group, created in 2011, currently consists of Colombian Navy officers and non-commissioned officers that are subject matter experts in countering drug trafficking. So far, the group has trained 47 Honduran Naval Force members, 37 Panamanians, 28 Dominican military members, and 30 Costa Ricans, specified the Colombian Navy’s press release.