On 24 April 1998, Halter Marine Group received one of the largest patrol boat orders won by a U.S. yard in many years—a dozen 79-foot units for the Venezuelan Navy's Coast Guard Command and ten 54-foot search-and-rescue patrol boats for the separate Venezuelan National Guard Armed Forces of Cooperation ( Guardia Nacional/Fuerzes Armadas de Cooperation ). All 22 craft are being fabricated of aluminum and assembled at Halter's Equitable Shipyards facility at New Orleans. Deliveries of both designs began early this year, and the program will continue into early 2000, funded by the Export-Import Bank. The National Guard craft (top) are powered by two MTU 12V183 TE93 diesels, can achieve 36 knots, have a range of 500 nautical miles, and employ a crew of five. The Coast Guard units (bottom) are capable of 25 knots on the power of their twin General Motors Detroit Diesel 12V92A engines, have a range of up to 1,000 nautical miles, and carry a crew of ten. Both classes carry two single .50-caliber machine-gun mounts and are equipped with Raytheon radars and the latest small-craft communications and navigational equipment. Additional examples of the 54-foot design may be ordered if Venezuela's economy permits, to continue replacement of the large number of overage craft in the National Guard fleet. On 3 August of last year, the Coast Guard also received two additional former U.S. Coast Guard Point-class patrol boats for antidrug patrol use; the Point Ledge (WPB-82334) became the Albatros and the Point Franklin (WPB-82350) the Pelicano . This brought to four the number of 82-footers donated to Venezuela during this decade. The Venezuelan Coast Guard Command also operates two elderly frigates, two salvage craft, two survey launches, and nearly 20 smaller patrol launches. Two of Venezuela's six Italian-built Lupo -class frigates currently are undergoing a thorough refit and modernization by Ingalls Shipyard at Pascagoula, Mississippi.