On 9 May Colombia received a new 40-meter coastal patrol vessel, the 11 de Noviembre. She carries the hull number 145 and was handed over to the fleet at the Fassmer shipyard in Berne, Germany. Displacing 245 tons, the CPV 40–class vessel completed sea trials in April and is expected to operate with the Colombian fleet in both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. Powered by two MTU diesel engines providing a top speed of 23 knots and a range of 2,000 nautical miles while cruising at 12 knots, the craft will be able undertake a wide range of missions, from drug interdiction, surveillance, and intelligence collection to environmental protection, search-and-rescue, and general patrol duties. The 11 de Noviembre has a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure, is armed with a 25-mm Typhoon naval gun system, and is fitted with a stern ramp capable of launching a small fast-interceptor boat.
By Eric Werthiem