Defence Minister Vassilis Palmas and the Chief of the National Guard Georgios Tsitsikostas highlighted the importance of adding a 40-foot Rafnar vessel to the Navy Command's fleet donated from Safe Bulkers Inc. in terms of search and rescue operations and the upgrading of coastal security in the maritime zones of responsibility of the Republic of Cyprus, during today's vessel donation acceptance ceremony held at the Ministry of Defence, in the presence of the company's CEO Polys Haji-Ioannou and its President Loukas Barbaris.