Naval Aviation Delivered in Iraq

Paulsen, James
June 2003
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Jun2003, Vol. 129 Issue 6, p34
Conference Proceeding
The U.S. aircraft carriers established a record of contributing their aircraft during the Persian Gulf War in 1991 and in the years since, but Iraq War in 2003 reminded contingency planners of the U.S. Navy's unique capability to sail anywhere in the world and operate autonomously in support of both peacetime and wartime missions. When the buildup period had run its course, such as the six months prior to the Gulf War and the months before and during Iraq War, naval aviation aircraft could then continue attacking with Air Force strike forces. Navy acquisition efforts to develop its own strategic tanking aircraft were bypassed in large measure because of Air Force assurances that its tanking assets would be adequate and available to support any contingency into the 21st century.


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