The team from Colombian TV network Caracol news recently travelled to the river Putumayo and had access to the most advanced river patrolling equipment in the South of Colombia, the Griffon 2000TD hovercraft.
The article by Caracol News can be watched by clicking here.
The following is an English translation from the report
The Colombian Navy have improved their reaction times against the guerrilla and drug dealers allowing them to protect remote communities.
The Hovercraft fly 80 cm above the surface, over water and beaches, reaching areas where conventional boats would become stranded.
During an operation, the Navy's 'piranha' boats patrol and secure the area first, allowing up to 15 people to disembark from the hovercraft. The hovercraft are the Colombian Navy's most modern equipment, as well as being fast, reaching speeds of up to 40 knots, and versatile, giving quick response times.
A Naval officer commented that previous operations would take up to four hours but have now been reduced to 30 minutes, due to the high speed of the equipment, allowing them to catch "bandidos" by surprise. The hovercraft technology and the thermal cameras allow a 24hour surveillance of the operations area.
In the next few months, the use of these Griffon 2000TD hovercraft could be extended to the rivers Caqueta and Amazon, strengthening the hold the Colombian Navy has against the drug trafficking trade.