You see, if we'd had the Ark Royal and her mighty 6 GR9s onboard then this would never have happened. Its clearly an argument in favour of carrier airpower as right now we could be nuking Libya with our mighty planes flown from the sea (on and on ad nauseum...)
Let's hope Muamar does the right thing, and hands them back, quick smart.
3 Dutch marines held in Libya after failed rescue - Yahoo! News
Ach,there'sh no pleashing the Lybiansh anyway!
it's a Navy helicopter jock and his crew. (And his clap trap of an old Lynx).
If there'd been some Marines on board they wouldn't have been captured, I think.
What's the wisdom of sending a single, practically unarmed helicopter into the single best defended city of Kadaffi's clan to pick someone up? I mean, the Brits got their people to wait on some oil industry airstrip out in the desert and sent dozens of SAS and SBS along. Comment of the 'Military History' professor on the news: 'They were depending on the element of surprise'. When I first saw a Lynx I was amazed that they could get so much noise out of such a small machine!
Ze Dutsh vant everytink on ze cheep and use only a sinkle helicopter... Sad...
I hope these people get out quickly and safely.
Not only that! Helicopters are so much better a way of extracting people than from a runway in the middle of know where using a C-130!!! You can land them right in the heart of the action!