Inside the unique aerial mission of the Argentine Coast Guard

The Servicio de Aviación of the Prefectura Naval Argentina is the only coast guard air service in Latin America operating over the South Atlantic and the rivers of the country. Santiago Rivas reports on this unique aerial operation

As part of the Argentinian Navy, the Prefectura Naval Argentina (Argentinian Coast Guard) created its Servicio de Aviación in 1946, when the force was still called the Prefectura General Marítima.

In 1972, the force inaugurated its first base with the heliport at Puerto Nuevo in Buenos Aires harbour, which is still the main headquarters for its helicopter fleet, while in 1996 a new base was opened at San Fernando International Airport in the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

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