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Colombia buys two submarines to fight narcotraffic in the Caribbean

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The Colombian government has purchased two U206A submarines from Germany to help reinforce operations against drug-trafficking and other transnational crimes in the Caribbean waters.

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Colombia's total investment amounts to $118 million, which includes two submarines, equipment and arms, besides revamping its system, according to the ministry.

The two submarines will have the same names as the ones they are replacing, namely ARC Intrepid and ARC Indomitable, and are a result of a deal between the defense ministries of Colombia and Germany in August 2012. The submarines are expected to arrive at the Cartagena naval base towards the end of November.

The commander of the Colombian Navy, Vice Admiral Leonardo Santamaria Gaitan, said a big part of the submarine revamp process involved up-gradation of the engineering systems, as well as cooling and heating.

The German-make submarines will reinforce the current fleet of two U209 Pijao class ocean submarines and will substitute the two Italian midget submarines Type SX 506 that have been in service for 40 years.

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