"'We Were Great': Navy Air in Afghanistan"
(See J. Nathman, pp. 94-96, March 2002 Proceedings)
Captain Jim Conn, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)—As timely as this article is, and as comprehensive as it might have been, there is one huge omission. Where is the mention of the P-3C antisurface warfare improvement program (AIP) precision surveillance capability? Not only were the P-3s present, but they were arguably the most effective precision surveillance asset in the theater.
Operating from bases in Diego Garcia and Manama, Bahrain, P-3C aircraft modified with the AIP avionics upgrades performed with great effectiveness in joint, coordinated operations throughout the operating area. The sensor systems include the ASX-4 electro-optical system and the APS-137B(V)5 multimode imaging radar. The communications capabilities include satellite, ultra-high frequency, very-high frequency, and high frequency, and real-time video downlink of images developed by the sensors. This is armed surveillance, too, with the AGM-84 SLAM missile being carried and used when other strike assets were not available.