Pictures by Iván Peña Nesbit, Luis A. Garcia, Jose Vargas Peiko, and ARV Aviación Naval
The navy of Venezuela operates a fleet of several Bell helicopters. For the
anti ship and submarine warfare the ARV-AN operates the Agusta-Bell AB-212
AS variant. These were acquired with the 'Lupo' class frigates in the 1980s and some
are still awaiting upgrade. The main utility helicopter is the
Canadian Bell 412 in a three tone camoflage. The Bell 206 (military designation
TH-57) is used for training.
The main transport aircraft of the ARV is the CASA C.212 Aviocar. The fleet of C.212-200
aircraft was later expanded with the acquisition of the C.212-400. Besides these
there is a single DeHavilland Dash 7 (military DHC-7) in service. For patrol and
surveillance duties the Navy operates the S-43 variant of the C.212-400 which is equipped with a
search radar in the reprofiled nose. The S-43 replaced the S-2E Trackers. For liasion and training the Cessna Ce-210 is used, the example
shown here is under maintenance.
These pictures are kindly provided by Iván Peña Nesbit (firstname.lastname@example.org). The pictures are courtesy of Iván Peña Nesbit, Luis A. Garcia, Jose Vargas Peiko
and ARV Aviación Naval. I also wish to thank the Armada de Venezuela and the personnel from the Base Aeronaval Bartolome Salom for providing the photographers the opportunity to take these pictures. And on behalf
of the photographer specials thanks to Tte. (Ej) Frank Rodriguez.