Honduran navy buys US$13.5 million boat from Colombia

President Juan Orlando Hernández, along with National Defense Minister Samuel Reyes and other officials, signed a purchase agreement on 22 November 2016 to buy a boat from Colombia for maritime patrol (La Prensa). El Heraldo reported on 27 November the total purchase amounts to US$13.5 million, which includes the boat, maintenance and training (La Prensa). Hernández emphasized Honduras' obligation to protect its territory, which includes a maritime territory double the size of the country, as drug traffickers and criminals have taken advantage of the state's current inability to patrol its maritime territory (La Prensa). According to El Heraldo, the boat, to be delivered in September 2017, has the capacity to be out to sea for 40 consecutive days and carry fifteen people.