Three aircraft today received the National Aeronaval Service (Senan), which will serve to strengthen the country’s maritime and coastal security against drug trafficking, crime, organized crime and for search, rescue and aeromedical evacuation missions.
The keys to the aircraft, two Agusta Westland helicopters and a Twin Otter aircraft were delivered by the President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela to the director of the Senan, Belsio González, at the Teniente Octavio Rodríguez Garrido station (Howard’s former base).
In his speech, President Varela said that work is being done not only to clean up the finances of the State, but also to recover badly invested monies through well-negotiated agreements that allow “the Panamanian people to receive rescue equipment in record time. important to face emergencies in the most remote areas of the country and guard our skies and coasts. ”
This, the President added, is a responsible Government that faces difficulties and finds solutions that benefit the country and Panamanians the most. “A Government that administers public goods with a vision of State, responsibility and transparency”.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Public Security, Alexis Bethancourt, said that in addition to these teams, boats are also being delivered. “The important thing is that this has been possible because of the fight against corruption and second, these boats will bring social peace to places where some State institutions can not reach, by land.”
These acquired equipment, explained the Deputy Minister of Public Security, Jonattan Del Rosario, are the product of a historical agreement of patrimonial recovery between the Panamanian State and the Finmeccanica conglomerate. “They recovered more than 100 million dollars in assets and were reinvested to strengthen our capabilities.”
The director of Senan Gonzalez, indicated that the aircraft will serve to increase the effectiveness in the development of operations of surveillance and control of “our jurisdictional waters, mainly against organized crime, drug trafficking and other related activities such as the transfer of arms and immigration illegal”. To these teams are added the helicopter ambulance, a Twin Otter aircraft and eight Pamen patrol boats acquired in 2017.
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