The Royal Navy Wasp

An Operational and Retirement History

Larry J Jeram-Croft, Terry Martin

This book tells the story of the first helicopter in the world designed from the outset to be deployed at sea, in Destroyers and Frigates. It is primarily based on the words of those who operated it. Designed from the outset to cope with the restricted space of a warship both for stowage and flight operations it proved an immediate success.
Date Published :
April 2019
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
40 color illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781526721143
Pages : 280
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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$49.95

Overview
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This book tells the story of the first helicopter in the world designed from the outset to be deployed at sea, in Destroyers and Frigates. It is primarily based on the words of those who operated it. Designed from the outset to cope with the restricted space of a warship both for stowage and flight operations it proved an immediate success. Its original role was to act as a weapon carrier to launch torpedoes and depth charges on submarine contacts out of range of the parent ship’s weapons range. Soon, it also took on a second primary role of air to surface attack using wire guided missiles. The flexibility of the machine was such that it was able to conduct a plethora of secondary roles from visual search to collecting the all-important ship’s mail. Wherever the Royal Navy was deployed on operations a Wasp was there. The book has accounts of operations around the world particularly during the Cold War of the Seventies and the Falklands War where amongst other things it had the honour of being the first RN platform ever, to fire a guided missile at a surface target.However the story doesn’t end there. Although the aircraft went out of service in the Royal Navy in 1988, it continued to operate with other navies around the world. To this day there are still several airworthy examples flying. The second part of the book gives accounts of these machines and brings the story of the Wasp completely up to date.

About The Author
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Larry Jeram-Croft spent thirty years in the Royal Navy. He trained as an Aircraft Engineer and then as a helicopter pilot. He was awarded a Queens Commendation for Search and Rescue duties and flew the Lynx of HMS Andromeda during the Falklands War. Retiring from the RN in 2000 as a Commander, he worked in industry before retiring for a second time. He then bought a yacht and lived in the Caribbean with his wife, Fiona, before returning to the UK to write. He now lives in Somerset where, apart from writing, he continues to fail to hit a golf ball with any skill whatsoever.

Terry Martin, despite growing up in Portsmouth and in a navy family, learned to fly with the University Air Squadron at RAF Abingdon whilst at Medical school in London. Terry spent the next ten years on active RAF duty followed by a further 17 years as a reservist in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force seeing action in both Gulf wars. During his twenty nine years in the Royal Air Force, Terry reached the rank of Wing Commander and, in addition to aerospace medicine, he specialized in emergency medicine, intensive care medicine and aeromedical evacuation. He now works as a consultant in anesthesia and critical care as well as being the Medical Director of an international air ambulance company based in the southwest of England.

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