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Navy News: "Veil lifted on Sea Kings' Afghan role"

off_les_aura

War Hero
A versatile bit of kit if there ever was one. But is this an imaginative use of resource? Or yet another way of making the Navy seem relevent by deploying sailors into a land-locked theatre of operations? The danger here, like other operations of this nature, is that over time we experience skill fade and then spend a vast amount of time and resource trying to regenerate our primary role. In the long term it might not be possible to "revert to type" - what then of the Navy when Afghanistan is all over?
 

KATWEEZIL

Lantern Swinger
OLA

I doubt very much that the Baggers would be there if they weren't needed. Which may speak volumes about the state of ASTOR
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Must admit we were told one of these Seakings would hopefully be available to visit secondary schools to aid recruiting, when they returned from Afghanistan, one did wonder whether we were talking about the same aircraft.

off_les_aura said:
A versatile bit of kit if there ever was one. But is this an imaginative use of resource? Or yet another way of making the Navy seem relevent by deploying sailors into a land-locked theatre of operations? The danger here, like other operations of this nature, is that over time we experience skill fade and then spend a vast amount of time and resource trying to regenerate our primary role. In the long term it might not be possible to "revert to type" - what then of the Navy when Afghanistan is all over?

You may well be right however the same could be said for ASW helicopters which maybe stripped for different roles. The last time a helicopter was used in anger in this role was against the Santa Fe 27 years ago- possibly we need to flex with the pertinent threat & adopt a "Can do" attitude to justify the aircraft.
 

scouse

War Hero
Ninja_Stoker said:
Must admit we were told one of these Seakings would hopefully be available to visit secondary schools to aid recruiting, when they returned from Afghanistan, one did wonder whether we were talking about the same aircraft.

off_les_aura said:
A versatile bit of kit if there ever was one. But is this an imaginative use of resource? Or yet another way of making the Navy seem relevent by deploying sailors into a land-locked theatre of operations? The danger here, like other operations of this nature, is that over time we experience skill fade and then spend a vast amount of time and resource trying to regenerate our primary role. In the long term it might not be possible to "revert to type" - what then of the Navy when Afghanistan is all over?

You may well be right however the same could be said for ASW helicopters which maybe stripped for different roles. The last time a helicopter was used in anger in this role was against the Santa Fe 27 years ago- possibly we need to flex with the pertinent threat & adopt a "Can do" attitude to justify the aircraft.
:wink: Depth charged by Antrims Wessex 3 and who opened fired with her GPMG .Brilliants Sea Lynx dropped her ASW Torpedo. Plymouths Wasp fired her AS12 missile, but it was Endurance WASP that scored the hits on the Santa Fe Fin ,with her AS 12 Missiles :salute: :salute:
 

Seaweed

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Pulling Pongo's chestnuts out of the fire as in the relief of Lucknow, relief of Ladysmith etc etc etc. Nice the RN can still go anywhere and do anything, hop in and make one wherever.
 

danny

War Hero
off_les_aura said:
A versatile bit of kit if there ever was one. But is this an imaginative use of resource? Or yet another way of making the Navy seem relevent by deploying sailors into a land-locked theatre of operations? The danger here, like other operations of this nature, is that over time we experience skill fade and then spend a vast amount of time and resource trying to regenerate our primary role. In the long term it might not be possible to "revert to type" - what then of the Navy when Afghanistan is all over?

I totally agree with what you are saying. But as the budget gets squeezed and squeezed more and more isn't this the best way to ensure we still do have these assets after Afghanistan. The other option would appear to be that they just get cut.
 
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