The United States has donated six Bell UH-1H ‘Huey’ helicopters to Panama’s security forces for search-and-rescue, medical evacuation, and surveillance missions.
The transfer was made under the umbrella of the Merida Initiative between the two governments.
The helicopters will be utilised by Panama’s main security agencies, the National Naval-Air Service (Servicio Nacional Aeronaval: SENAN), and the National Border Service (Servicio Nacional de Fronteras: SENAFRONT). The transfer ceremony took place on 28 June at SENAN’s Base ‘Teniente Octavio Rodríguez Garrido’.
Panama’s government has taken steps to upgrade the aerial platforms of its security services.
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