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US Marines plan force in Honduras for hurricane season

Hurricane Felix, a category five storm, slams into La Ceiba, Honduras on September 4, 2007The United States wants to deploy a force of about 250 Marines to Honduras to provide humanitarian help during the region’s hurricane season, officials said Friday. Honduran officials are weighing the proposed task force, which would operate out of Palmerola air base from June to November. The contingent also would assist Central American forces on efforts to counter narcotics trafficking. “We have requested that the Marines be present in Honduras from June through November 2015, during hurricane season, to support Honduras and other countries in the region in the event of a hurricane or other major disaster,” the US embassy in Tegucigalpa said in a statement.

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