RM/AAC Rescue (Afghanistan) Strapped to Apache, dodging fire

stumpy

War Hero
Re: RM/AAC Rescue - Afghanistan

I know that technically this should have been part of the existing KIA thread but I felt that it deserved its own. A truly heroic, but traggic, effort.
 
Our finest, well done to the Royal Marines and the Aircrew involved and I hope in some small way it is of comfort to Mathew's loved ones that Royal would not leave one of their fallen Comrades in Arms.
 

noemis

Lantern Swinger
Re: RM/AAC Rescue (Afghanistan) Strapped to Apache, dodging

Truly inspiring!! God bless them all!! Our Government does't deserve men like these!!
 

chieftiff

War Hero
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Re: RM/AAC Rescue (Afghanistan) Strapped to Apache, dodging

The most refreshing thing about this story is that in our H&S, bureaucratic, procedure obsessed Armed Forces there are still those with the common sense and balls to do things their own way and f*ck the consequences. Well done lads and RIP Royal.
 

nutty_bag

War Hero
Has a feel of when the german paratroopers strapped themselves onto the wings of aircraft and jumped into the snow during the invasion of Poland. Not quite the same, but in both cases there was absolute courage and dedication to the task in hand. Well done Royal and of course the Apache pilots that delivered them.

NB
 
No conflict with anything said so far but, before we get carried away, lets think about the consequences had this gone to rats**t. Risking 3 valuable flesh and blood assets and an operationally scarce machine to recover a dead comrade is not, to my mind, an acceptable risk. This is common practice for the Septics but, remember, that's how they got their arrses handed to them in a sling in Somalia.

That said, RIP L/Cpl Ford.
 

nutty_bag

War Hero
I see your point POL but just think of the negative morale there would have been if he had been left behind, and or his mutilated body being shown on some raghead news station. I know if i was in their situation as a former bootneck myself i would have gone in without any question to recover the body.
 

chieftiff

War Hero
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Passed-over_Loggie said:
No conflict with anything said so far but, before we get carried away, lets think about the consequences had this gone to rats**t. Risking 3 valuable flesh and blood assets and an operationally scarce machine to recover a dead comrade is not, to my mind, an acceptable risk. This is common practice for the Septics but, remember, that's how they got their arrses handed to them in a sling in Somalia.

That said, RIP L/Cpl Ford.

I rest my case, read my post. Reducing someones life to "an acceptable risk" is half the problem with todays 'leaders' I am afraid, next you will be telling us it posed a flight safety risk as someone could have "FODded" the engines and we could have lost a capability asset.

THIS IS A WAR ZONE!!!!! Men don't fight for Queen and Country Loggie, that may be why they join up but they fight for each other.(I didn't say that by the way, well I just did, but I stole it from someone else!) Never tell someone how to do something, tell them what needs doing and let them work it out, chances are they know better than you. ( I stole that too)

I wonder if they will be charged for for breach of procedure or awarded the VC/DFC's they deserve.
 
Re: RM/AAC Rescue (Afghanistan) Strapped to Apache, dodging

Passed-over_Loggie said:
No conflict with anything said so far but, before we get carried away, lets think about the consequences had this gone to rats**t. Risking 3 valuable flesh and blood assets and an operationally scarce machine to recover a dead comrade is not, to my mind, an acceptable risk. This is common practice for the Septics but, remember, that's how they got their arrses handed to them in a sling in Somalia.

That said, RIP L/Cpl Ford.

You obviously have little understanding of Royal Marines and IMO you should have posted your thoughts elsewhere.
 
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