National Aeronaval Service

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National Aeronaval Service
Servicio Nacional Aeronaval de Panamá
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MottoDios, Patria y Honor
God, Fatherland and Honor
Agency overview
FormedAugust 8, 2008
Employees2,500 personnel
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionPanama
Specialist jurisdictions
  • Coastal patrol, marine border protection, marine search and rescue.
  • National border patrol, security, and integrity.
Agency executive
  • Director General D.E.M. Ramón Nonato López Ludka[1], Commandant
Parent agencyPanamanian Public Forces

The National Aeronaval Service of Panama, also called SENAN (Spanish abbreviation for Servicio Nacional Aeronaval), is a branch of the Public Forces of the Republic of Panama responsible for carrying out naval and air operations. Its main function is to "Perform protection, surveillance, security and defense of the air and maritime jurisdictional areas of the Republic of Panama."[2] at the date of January 2018 the Naval and Air Service has approximately 4,000 troops in active service, with 20 boats and approximately 20 aircraft.


The SENAN has its origins in the merger of the former National Maritime Service and the National Air Service of Panama as a result of the enactment of Decree Law No. 7 of August 20, 2008. Is a component of the security forces, which establishes the public security service, to guarantee the life honor and property of foreign and domestic jurisdictional spaces, by using air and naval means, thus contributing to public policy, humanitarian relief and facilitating an environment for development social and economic development of Panama.

The SENAN reports administratively to the Public Security Ministry, which is directed by the Executive. The biggest operational SENAN Position is the Naval Operations Chief.



Vessel Origin Type In service Notes
Balsam United States Patrol boat 1[3]
Chiriqui United States Patrol boat 3[3]
Panama United States Patrol boat 2[3]
Panquiaco United States Patrol boat 2[3]
Tres De Noviembre United States Patrol boat 5[3]
Escudo de Veraguas United States Patrol boat 1[3]
Flamenco United States Patrol boat 1[3]
Naos United States Patrol boat 1[3]
Negrita United States Patrol boat 1[3]
Nombre de Dios United States Patrol boat 1[3]
Taboga United States Patrol boat 1[3]


Panama Air Force Embraer ERJ-135BJ Legacy 600.
An AW-139 helicopter landing on the USNS Comfort
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Cessna 208 United States transport / patrol 3[4]
Piper PA-31 United States transport / patrol 2[4]
Super King Air United States utility 100/350 2[4] 1 aircraft provides maritime patrol
CASA C-212 Spain utility / transport 3[4]
Embraer ERJ 145 Brazil VIP transport Legacy 600 1[5]
DHC-6 Twin Otter Canada utility transport 2[4] STOL capable aircraft
Bell 407 United States utility 1[4]
Bell 412 United States SAR / utility 6[4]
Bell UH-1 United States utility UH-1H 6[4]
AgustaWestland AW109 Italy MEDIVAC 1[4]
AgustaWestland AW139 Italy SAR 7[4]
McDonnell Douglas MD500 United States patrol 1[4]
Trainer Aircraft
T-35 Pillán Chile trainer 4[4]


The SENAN is organized into the following Regions:

  • 1st (Primera) Region
  • 2nd (Segunda) Region
  • 3rd (Tercera) Region

The SENAN handles the following operational units:

  • Infantry Battalion
  • Air and Naval Police
  • Naval Squadron
  • Air Group
  • Aeronaval Commandos
  • Search and Rescue Unit


  • Base Naval Vasco Nuñez de Balboa
  • Captain Lloyd Nunez Command Base
  • Captain Juan Delgado Air Base
  • Major Salvador Cordoba Air Station
  • Octavio Rodriguez Garrido Air Station


  1. ^ "DIrector General". Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  2. ^ [1][permanent dead link] (in Spanish).
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k IISS (2012), p. 398
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "World Air Forces 2020". Flightglobal Insight. 2020. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Panama homeland security signs for six AW139s". Retrieved 14 May 2015.

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