The President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, received a new coastal surveillance vessel valued at $ 8,500,000.00, which was donated by the United States Government, allowing the National Air Naval Service (Senan) “Have a greater patrolling capacity for the security and defense of our territory, the Panama Canal and protect our natural resources ”.
In an official ceremony held in the Calzada de Amador, the head of mission of the United States Embassy in Panama, Stewart Tuttle, presented President Cortizo Cohen the vessel, which was built in a shipyard in Louisiana, United States.
During the event, the National Aeronaval Service (Senan) carried out the ceremony of affirming the flag to the new boat P-230 “General Omar Torrijos”, named in homage to the contributions made by Omar Torrijos Herrera to achieve the signing of the Torrijos-Carter Treaties.
The vessel, 85 feet long and 25 feet wide, has capacity for 10 crew, divided into different departments such as: roofing, engineering and operations.
The ship joins the team of the Maritime Joint Task Force to continue the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking, in addition to carrying out search and rescue operations, providing humanitarian aid, collaborating in social development tasks and maintaining the safety of our seas.
President Cortizo Cohen stated that the Government remains firmly committed to fighting illegal, unreported and regulated fishing.
“We have a zero tolerance policy for these practices that affect the sustainability of natural resources, they put food security at risk, violate national and international laws and the subsistence of thousands of artisanal and industrial fishermen who make a living from this activity, ”said the Panamanian leader.
“The equipment that we deliver will allow the National Aeronaval Service to strengthen its search and rescue capacity, to fight against drug trafficking, illegal fishing and enhancing maritime security, “said the chief of mission of the United States Embassy.
The donation includes spare parts for a value $ 533,645.00 for the maintenance of the Senan interceptor boat fleet and the Joint Maritime Force of Panama.
Equally, He was given a maintenance kit for the Senan valued at $ 95,000.00, as part of the commitment of the United States Government to support the naval aircrafts with $ 4,000,000.00 for these tasks.
The boat “General Omar Torrijos” It can carry out operations at sea for 6 to 10 continuous days, it has state-of-the-art technology and a C-32 Caterpillar engine, which gives it a maximum range of 700 nautical miles.
As part of the ceremony, the ship was christened by the godmother Gloria Arosemena Torrijos (niece of the late General Omar Torrijos Herrera), who made the traditional breaking of a bottle of champagne on the boat.
Then President Cortizo Cohen, together with the American chief of mission; the Minister of Security, Juan Manuel Pino; Mrs. Arosemena Torrijos and the director of the Senan, Jeremías Urieta, took a tour in the ship P-230 “General Omar Torrijos”.
They accompanied President Cortizo Cohen, in addition to Minister Pino; the deputy minister, Ivor Pittí; the general director of the National Migration Service, Samira Gozaine; the general director of the Senan, Jeremías Urieta; directors of security forces and representatives of the United States Embassy.