Mexico City – Mexico on Thursday received three new Black Hawk helicopters from the United States which will be added to the country's fleet to be used in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, the Mexican navy announced.
The aircraft were presented in a ceremony at which Navy Secretary Mariano Francisco Saynez Mendoza, among others, participated.
"This act, within the Merida Plan, is evidence of the goodwill and the effort shared by the governments of the United States of America and our country to fight transnational organized crime in a coordinated manner, in a harmonious military relationship between the two nations," said the secretary.
The Merida Initiative was conceived in 2007 during the George W. Bush administration as a $1.4 billion regional security plan to help Mexico and Central America fight drug trafficking and organized crime.
Mexico previously had received eight other helicopters under the same program, as well as other materials to be used in the fight against organized crime.
The presentation ceremony took place on the main esplanade of the navy department and was presided over by Saynez Mendoza and U.S. Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne.
The new UH-60M Black Hawks are outfitted with cutting edge technology that allows them to be used in night operations.