LAMPS IIIs offer their ships a lot of capability—standoff sensors and weapons, for starters—but whether this capability is exploited depends to a great extent on the attitude of the ship's company.
LAMPS III detachments have been deploying on surface combatants for more than 15 years, but there is a distinct difference in the manner in which ships use and treat their air crews. Some ships view them as detachments and some as departments.
The differences between the two approaches can be illustrated by comparing the experiences of the same light helicopter antisubmarine squadron (HSL) crew on board two different ship classes. Although not all ships of a given type are alike in terms of how they view their LAMPS asset, the prevailing sentiment in the LAMPS III community is that integration of embarking detachments is closely tied to the class "mentality," which determines whether or not a ship will incorporate the embarked helicopter detachment as a major weapon system—or just ignore it