U.S. Embassy Delivers Boats to SENAN for Combatting Drug Trafficking Organizations

U.S. Senior Defense Official in Panama, Captain Matthew Turner gives remarks

Panama City, November 1, 2018. The United States Embassy in Panama delivered Panama’s Air and Sea National Service (SENAN) equipment to strengthen the agency’s operational capabilities in the fight against drug trafficking organizations and organized transnational criminals.

Boston Whalers boats at SENAN naval base
Two Ford F450 trucks and one John Deere tow truck

The delivered equipment, which totaled US$1.7 million, consisted of two 37-feet Boston Whaler boats, worth US$ 715,397 each and one John Deere tow truck. In addition, SENAN received two Ford F450 trucks, which will allow SENAN a greater capacity to transport its equipment across Panama, and 15 night vision goggles.

“Today is not only about the donation of the two Boston Whaler boats, the meaning of today’s donation is an investment in our collaboration alliance,” said U.S. Embassy Panama Senior Defense Official, Capt. Matthew Turner.

U.S. Embassy Panama delivered the equipment to Public Security Minister Jonathan Del Rosario, along with former Security Minister Alexis Bethancourt, in an official event at the Capitan de Fragata Noel Antonio Rodriguez Justavino naval base.

The delivery of equipment is part of the continuing cooperation between the United States and Panama in security issues, aimed at improving the quality of life of citizens throughout the region.