Bolivarian Navy Unveils First Ever Coast Guard Vessel Made in Venezuela

The Venezuelan Navy celebrated on Friday the inauguration of the first ever coast guard vessel made in Venezuela as part of a joint-project undertaken with Cuba.

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The new Caricare PG-52, made 100% in Venezuela (Elis Manzanares/Notitarde)
The new Caricare PG-52, made 100% in Venezuela (Elis Manzanares/Notitarde)
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Caracas, August 9, 2015 (venezuelanalysis.com) – The Venezuelan Navy celebrated on Friday the inauguration of the first ever coast guard vessel made in Venezuela as part of a joint-project undertaken with Cuba.

The ship, a Caricare PG-52, was produced by 152 men and women from Venezuela and Cuba following an agreement signed by the two nations in 2012.

First Lady Cilia Flores, godmother of the vessel, congratulated the Venezuelan Navy on its achievement.

“Congratulations to the Navy because with a product made in Venezuela, we can defend the motherland,” she stated during the ship’s official unveiling ceremony in Puerto Cabello, which was also attended by Venezuela’s Defense Minister, Gen. Vladimir Padrino Lopez.

“We are presenting this project to the Venezuelan people and the world to show what we are capable of doing on the basis of our sovereignty,” affirmed Lopez.

During the ceremony, the Caricare PG-52 was accompanied by eleven Orinoco-class interceptor speedboats also produced in Venezuela as part of the joint agreement.