CHESTER HAS MOVED!: Oustanding Graphic of US Force Laydown

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Oustanding Graphic of US Force Laydown

This map is worth a very careful viewing. not only does it show the locations of all the US transport helicopters and C-130s, but it also shows the ETA for differing ships as they come on station. Question: The MEU has quite a few Cobras -- maybe a half dozen. Wonder how these are being employed . . . perhaps cargo can be slung under them . . . By the way, not sure if "laydown" is a doctrinal term or not, but it is shorthand for "where are all these troops going to be located." Since Joe Katzman over at Winds of has thrown down the gauntlet of challenge for us to cover the military efforts of coalition countries as well, we'll attempt to get that started tomorrow. Email links if you've got them.


Blogger wmscott said...

Sorry Chester but Cobras do not have a sling hook. You could drop the Ammo box under the cockpit and carry a few boxes.

I doubt we would let Cobras go out lest they/we be accused of something like invasion or some other nonsense.

The SeaHawks are not ideal either since there is a lot of electronic Anti Submarine gear in the back and space is limited.

Wonder where the Marine CH46's are?

January 4, 2005 at 11:16 PM  
Blogger clearedhot said...

The Cobras won't fly on these missions. The only thing they could possibly do is aerial reconnaissance of landing zones, but the general fear that attack helicopters tend to create is definitely not what is needed right now. Likewise the Harriers. Also, you're going to want to keep the deck spots clear so that the CH-46s and CH-53Es can operate as efficiently as possible. Incidentally, the Corps has an aircraft that is tailor-made for an operation like this -- speed, range, payload and passenger hauling capability, lands on a spot smaller than a tennis court -- the V-22. And it looks like it is on the budgetary rocks again, losing $1.5B in production money in the latest PBD. I guess those 40 year old CH-46s will have to last a little longer, carrying our most precious assets around in the back...

January 5, 2005 at 11:58 AM  

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