It isn’t a straight forward or simple move - even in a small service - and the aircraft and personnel are just one part of the equation.Take the air craft and their crews on to the Naval strength. Jesus how complicated do you want it to be ? Have a look at the air craft I am referencing on the Irish air corps site. Come back to me when you realise what a straight forward move this is. I hope you are not offended
Firstly, you assume that the Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) are only involved in maritime operations.
Secondly, how many of the Air Corps personnel would want to transfer to the Navy? Do terms and conditions of service need to be modified? How would this affect pay, rank, promotion and pensions? How would retention be impacted for highly skilled personnel suddenly unable to transfer to other aircraft types and bases? How would recruitment be affected?
Then there’s all the supporting infra, systems and expertise involved with an aeroplane. The CN235s are not complex types but will still presumably have software, C4I, airworthiness, standards and other supporting elements. Many of these will involve Air Corps personnel who also support other types and capabilities, all with skills probably absent in the Navy.
Finally, do the Navy even want the financial and other overheads mentioned above? If they do, will the maintain financial support at the same levels?
Sometimes air forces operate ‘MPA’s for good reasons.