Defense Minister Agustn Rossi, accompanied by the Chief of the Air Force, Brigadier Major Xavier Julin Isaac, in the IV Air Brigade in El Plumerillo in the province of Mendoza, initiated the commemorative act on the 39th anniversary of the baptism of the fire of the Argentine Air Force on May 1, 1982 was produced during the Malvinas War.
Today, the Malvinas are an area usurped by a military power that has more British soldiers than islanders and is permanently offending Argentina, Rossi said, referring to the last military exercises Britain conducted last week.
40 years have passed and the only thing we got was crimes by the British preventing us from buying a weapon system whose components were made by them, the head of defense portfolio said.
Malvinas is not a distant or naive thing, it is the sovereign of our country. We are in a world full of tension. Argentina and Latin America are not everyone’s backyard, Rossi said during his tribute speech on the day the Air Force entered combat for the first time in its history.
Malvinas is much more than fishing or the potential for hydrocarbons to exist in this area. It is a geopolitical position of the UK and we as a country and as Argentines have to take that into account when developing our defense policy, Rossi said during the ceremony.
Argentina cannot be understood without the Malvinas War. We do not forget the Malvinas, we do not forget those who lost their lives in the war, those who fought, returned and are with us today, our veterans. Our constant appreciation to all of them and their families assured the Minister of Defense on the aircraft platform of this aviation department the place where the act was carried out in accordance with the restrictions and sanitary measures imposed by the safety protocol in the face of the pandemic.
In addition, the head of the defense portfolio pointed out that the course of this year is a fine opportunity to hold a vigil on the 40th anniversary of the Malvinas War, which is why the value of Malvinas should be brought closer and recognized for all generations of Argentines on Start the honors on June 14th as that day wasn’t what the veterans deserved. We must recognize the courage, altruism and skills of those who fought in Malvinas, and note that the military conflict is one of the best aspects of heroism, altruism and generosity in our country’s history.
Indeed, Malvina’s veterans and families attended. In addition, an air passage with IA-63 Pampas II and III aircraft was carried out in honor of those who died during the war in the South Atlantic. Rossi was also accompanied by Defense Department Head Ana Clara Alberdi; the Secretary for International Defense Affairs, Francisco Cafiero; the head of the IAF Guillermo Carmona; the Chief of Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces, General of the Division Juan Martin Paleo; and from the owners of the army, General of the Division Agustn Humberto Cejas; and from the Navy, Vice Admiral Julio Horacio Guardia, among other military authorities. (Luis Pieiro)
On May 1, 1982, when the Air Battle of the Falkland Islands took place, members of the armed forces conducted 56 air raids, covered missions and attacked British naval targets, dropping 20 tons of bombs. These missions were carried out by IA 58 Pucar, Skyhawk A-4B and A-4C, Mirage M-III and Dagger M-5 in conjunction with MK-62 Canberra bombers. In addition, the weapon systems Hercules C-130 and KC-130, Lear Jet LR-35, Boeing 707, Guaran II, Fokker F-27 and F-28, Twin Otter DHC-6 and Chinook stood out in all missions., Hughes 500 and Bell 212.
In addition, the Phoenix Squadron, consisting of civil aircraft, Aerolneas Argentinas and private airlines, intervened. And the Space Operations Group, the Terminal Area Control Team, the Combat Control Team, the anti-aircraft gun, the Air Space Surveillance and Control Group, the Communication Groups I and II, Air Traffic, the Assembly I, the Squadrons of the I and VII Air Brigades and the Military Aviation School, the network of air observers, the secret service, the logistical support of all units of the armed forces and the National Weather Service, which demonstrated the combat effectiveness and potential of the air force personnel who proudly and courageously defended the sovereignty of the territory. (Luis Pieiro)
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