Peru Brings Into Service Four Planes and Helicopters to Improve Maritime Vigilance
By Dialogo January 03, 2011
Peruvian Defense Minister Jaime Thorne officially brought into service four second-hand aircraft, two planes and two helicopters, intended to improve vigilance over maritime space and recently acquired by the Peruvian Navy.
The new acquisitions are two Fokker F-60 transport planes purchased from the Netherlands and two Sikorsky Sea King UH-3H multipurpose helicopters acquired from the United States, now part of Peru’s Pacific Naval Force.
“These aircraft will help watch over the sovereignty of our sea, which is a source of great wealth. Peru is the world’s leading fishing country, and we have to watch over that wealth,” Thorne noted in remarks reported by the state news agency Andina.
He added that purchases of war matériel for the South American country’s Armed Forces will continue, in accordance with the provisions of the Basic Defense Nucleus plan and depending on the income obtained from mining royalties.
“That is going to enable us to continue increasing our forces,” the minister affirmed.
Participants at the ceremony, which took place at El Callao Naval Airbase, included the country’s vice president, Luis Giampietri, the head of the Armed Forces Joint Command, Luis Howell Ballena, and the Commandant-General of the Navy, Adm. Jorge de la Puente Ribeyro.
Following the end of the ceremony, an exhibition was held at which the newly acquired matériel was displayed, as well as B-200 aircraft.