Galapagos Island “To Be Used As An Airfield By The US Military”

September 20, 2019 at 1:53 pm

Ecuador has given US military permission to use Galapagos as an airfield, Latin American news networks report

Though the US government denies it, Ecuador’s Minister of defense claims the country has agreed to let the US military use one of the Galápagos islands as an airfield to help “fight drug trafficking.”

A US air force Boeing 707 and a Lockheed P-3 Orion will patrol the Pacific Ocean with radar surveillance using the Galapagos as a launch pad, Latin American TV network Telesur reports. 

Ecuador 2008 constitution prohibits the establishment of foreign military bases on its land, but Defense Minister Oswaldo Jarrin claims its not a “base.”

“A base means permanence, there will be no permanence of anyone, the P3 and Awac will meet periods no longer than a week,” Jarrin said.

Yet, he himself said on Aug. 27, 2018, “the important thing is to recognize that everything that the base did in its time, can now be done by just one plane, because of the advance of technology,” Telesur reports.

It wouldn’t be the first time the US established a military base in the Galapagos.

In 1942, Ecuador allowed the U.S. army and navy to use the Island of Baltra as an airfield.

An airstrip, houses, barracks, movie theaters and dining halls were constructed for armed personel and their families and then blown up after they were done with it at the end of World War II.

Upon hearing the news, Ecuador’s former president Rafael Correa  tweeted that the Galapagos was “NOT an ‘aircraft carrier’ for gringo use.”

US Department of Defense spokesperson Chris Mitchell denied any such plans.

”While the US-Ecuador defense relationship continues to move in a positive direction, DoD has not signed an agreement with the Government of Ecuador to use the Galapagos airfield and is not in formal negotiations to do so,” he told The Independent.

The Galápagos Islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the place that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution, and home to countless species of plants and animals that exist nowhere in the world.