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Better roles for the CH-149

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As someone who does not agree that domestic SAR should be a huge focus or priority for the RCAF. I would like to hear some opinions on how the Cormorant could be utilized in more critical capacities than SAR throughout the forces. Could they be used for Army operations? It could alleviate the utility/transport role of the CH-146s so we could dedicate more Griffons to escort/close support roles?

Just for context, I think the Canadian Coast Guard with its more capable Bell 412s could take on domestic SAR and drop some other capabilities.
 

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If the CAF loses the SAR role to an outside agency (ie CCG) you can expect the aircraft and funding to go with it.  Yellow Cormorants get painted CCG red, RCAF aircrew become unionized CCG aircrew with overtime!
 

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QuietSpike2020 said:
Just for context, I think the Canadian Coast Guard with its more capable Bell 412s could take on domestic SAR and drop some other capabilities.

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Ditch said:
If the CAF loses the SAR role to an outside agency (ie CCG) you can expect the aircraft and funding to go with it.  Yellow Cormorants get painted CCG red, RCAF aircrew become unionized CCG aircrew with overtime!

That would depend on a lot of hypotheticals. I'm not convinced that would be the case.
 

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Ditch said:
If the CAF loses the SAR role to an outside agency (ie CCG) you can expect the aircraft and funding to go with it.  Yellow Cormorants get painted CCG red, RCAF aircrew become unionized CCG aircrew with overtime!

Exactly what happened in 1964 when the RCAF Air-Sea Rescue bases were turned over to the new formed CCG, base, boats, equipment and crews.
 
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