Ex-Italian Coast Guard AB412 lands in Uruguay

Uruguay's Ministry of National Defence announced on August 14 that the first of two Agusta-Bell 412CP Grifone helicopters acquired for the Uruguayan Navy had arrived in Montevideo. 

A video released by the Ministry showed it being delivered on a flat-bed truck, still completely shrink-wrapped in plastic. The second helicopter is scheduled to arrive before the end of the year. Both will be operated by the Helicopter Squadron at Laguna del Sauce.

Uruguay Bell 412CP Grifone [Uruguayan Ministry of National Defence]
Still shrink-wrapped following its delivery voyage, the first of two Agusta-Bell 412CP Grifone helicopters for the Uruguayan Navy arrives in Montevideo on the back of a flat-bed truck on August 14, 2019. Uruguayan Ministry of National Defence

The two AB412CPs had previously been operated by the Italian Coast Guard, which withdrew the type from service in March 2017. They were purchased by Uruguay in 2018 and are configured for search and rescue. They have a capacity for up to 13 personnel and are expected to also support military and maritime interdiction missions.