The Ambassador in Panama (Hines) to the Secretary of State

No. 1168

Sir: I have the honor to report that the former Naval Torpedo Boat Base located on the island of Taboga together with a degaussing station were formally returned to the Republic of Panamá March 21, 1946, in appropriate ceremonies, upon the recommendation of the Commanding General, Caribbean Defense Command, and the Commandant, Fifteenth Naval District.

These two sites were known as nos. 34 and 85 in the memorandum accompanying the Defense Sites Agreement May 18, 1942;2 they were acquired in May 1942, and had been actively used until the termination of the war in the Pacific in August 1945. Since that date they have been on a caretaker status with the large site being used as a recreation point for Fifteenth Naval District personnel. The former Torpedo Boat Base site comprised some 36 acres of land, and contains over 80 buildings, a pier, power plant, workshops, and other installations. The pier, the buildings, the water and electrical and other fixed installations were returned, along with the land, to the Republic of Panama, and the power plant was sold to Panama through the Foreign Liquidation Commission for a nominal sum.

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Respectfully yours,

For the Ambassador:
V. Lansing Collins Jr.
Second Secretary of Embassy
  1. Department of State Executive Agreement Series No. 359.