Accession Number : ADA195016

Title :   Combat Search and Rescue Policy for the United States Navy.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Murphy, Bryan P

PDF Url : ADA195016

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : The US Navy does not possess dedicated active duty combat search and rescue (CSAR) capability. Currently, the Navy draws CSAR support for planned peacetime contingencies from various sources, but during a crisis or in the early stages of a war, it may have no alternative but Navy helicopters organic to the carrier battle group (CVBG). These airframes and their pilots are ill-equipped to fly the overland CSAR mission. The Navy hopes to correct this situation by improving training and developing CSAR kits with which to retrofit carrier helicopters if necessary. However, history has shown that the Navy's reliance on the CVBG's helicopters to fly CSAR has not worked. The author recommends that the Navy develop an active duty CSAR capability by either (1) making HCS-4 and HCS-5 dual active duty/reserve squadrons (2) assign responsibility to HC-16 (3) attach an active component to the Naval reserve CSAR squadron who will deploy with the CVBG.

Descriptors :   *SEARCH AND RESCUE, ACTIVE DUTY, AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, MILITARY RESERVES, NAVAL AIRCRAFT, NAVAL PERSONNEL, NAVY, PILOTS, POLICIES, RESCUES, RETROFITTING, WARFARE, LAND AREAS, CARRIER BASED AIRCRAFT, FLIGHT TRAINING, NAVAL TRAINING, NAVAL AVIATION, HELICOPTERS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES)

Subject Categories : Escape, Rescue and Survival
      Attack and Fighter Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE