The small Uruguayan Naval Aviation (ANU) service has received three Cessna O-2A Skymaster light utility/observation aircraft donated by the Chilean Naval Aviation service.
The aircraft left the Chilean base at Viña del Mar on 13 August and, with stops at Concón, Carriel Sur, Neuquén (Argentina), and Comandante Espora Naval Aviation Base (Argentina), they arrived at Uruguay’s Capitán Curbelo Naval Aviation Base on 17 August.
The aircraft, which held the serial numbers 335, 336, and 338 in Chilean service, received the Uruguayan serials ANU 761, ANU762, and ANU763. The first aircraft, however, will be used for spares.
The Skymasters will be used for coastal patrol and search and rescue, increasing ANU’s small air fleet, which currently includes two Beech Super King Air twin turboprops and two T-34C-1 Turbo Mentor single-turboprop trainers, as well as one Helibrás (Eurocopter) HB 355 Esquilo utility helicopter and two Eurocopter (MBB) BO 105P light helicopters.
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