According to the domestic press of Honduras, The Honduran navy’s new offshore patrol vessel (OPV), General José Trinidad Cabañas (FNH-2021), is planned to arrive in the Central American nation by the end of the year. As part of a cooperation agreement signed between Israel and Honduras in 2016, Israel Shipyards has delivered an offshore patrol vessel to the Honduras Navy.
Honduran Minister of Defense made statements about the delivery of the OPV. “The vessel will arrive in the next few days, to Puerto Cortés, in the Honduran Caribbean, and will join the tasks of combating drug trafficking and cruise ship protection.” Díaz said.
“The OPV has high maritime technology and a great capacity to navigate at the Honduran sea” he added.
He also stated that the ship will help Honduras to “guard that great wealth we have in the Caribbean Sea.”
Díaz added that by procuring the ship, they will have ability to “guard our sea in the Caribbean, we are talking about 220,000 square kilometers, so that they can take care of those great riches and treasures that we have in the sea, which have been forgotten by history”.
The ship, which was built by Israel Shipyards, has a length of 62 m, displaces approximately 500 tonnes, has a maximum speed of 32 knots, and possesses a landing deck for a helicopter. It was launched in July.