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canuck123

Badgeman
Why do Royal marines use helocopters to get around? Arents they an amphibious force? Helos are for the Paras, Marines should walk or drive there.
 
Whole bunch of factors e.g. waters, coastal depth and shelving, terrain, enemy defences, surprise, speed, etc which make a helo assault the preferred option. In Iraq war the initial assaults on the Faw Peninsula were a combined helo and boat assault. Think how different Dieppe might have been with helos being launched from the sea as well. All other things being equal, of course.
 

SAM_The_Man_Dicosta

Lantern Swinger
Coz the paras are too busy writing about the last trouble they got into!

Also the helicopters are real usefull for flying in the Tim Hortons Girls who get paid 14 bucks an hour + benefits compared to the cannon fodder who is on way less than that!

Any other stupid questions Eh?

Who do YOU write for Canuck?
 

RoofRat

War Hero
Canuck123
Why do Royal marines use helocopters to get around? Arents they an amphibious force? Helos are for the Paras, Marines should walk or drive there.
For the same reason that the Cavalry now use tanks and not horses!
Its called progress. Every arm of the Forces now uses Choppers anyway.
RoofRat
 
RoofRat said:
Canuck123
Why do Royal marines use helocopters to get around? Arents they an amphibious force? Helos are for the Paras, Marines should walk or drive there.
For the same reason that the Cavalry now use tanks and not horses!
Its called progress. Every arm of the Forces now uses Choppers anyway.
RoofRat

Spot on! There was also a American Civil War General (a Southerner) who summed it up when asked how to win a battle, replied " get there the fastest with the mostest" A chopper helps you do just that.
 

bobc

Badgeman
canuck123 said:
Why do Royal marines use helocopters to get around? Arents they an amphibious force? Helos are for the Paras, Marines should walk or drive there.

This is a wind-up. No-one who subscribes to a military site would seriously ask this question; unless they are about eleven years old. You bit guys.
 

Grubber

Lantern Swinger
canuck123 said:
Why do Royal marines use helocopters to get around? Arents they an amphibious force? Helos are for the Paras, Marines should walk or drive there.

Hercules' are for Paras mate.

How is a Landing craft going to get you onto a hostile ship? Or up a cliff face? Or get your artillery ashore? Or to a strategic position inland?
 
bobc said:
canuck123 said:
Why do Royal marines use helocopters to get around? Arents they an amphibious force? Helos are for the Paras, Marines should walk or drive there.

This is a wind-up. No-one who subscribes to a military site would seriously ask this question; unless they are about eleven years old. You bit guys.

Bobc, you may be right, however there are no end of Mongs around, even in HMF.
 
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