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Fairey Gannet ASW

Andrew Thomas explains how the Fairey Gannet delivered an airborne anti-submarine capability for the Royal Navy and other air arms

Anti-submarine capability

Banking over a Royal Navy submarine during a test sortie when with C Flight of the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment, the second prototype Gannet, VR557, displays its retractable radar housing deployed and the bomb doors opening. KEY COLLECTION
Gannet AS.4 XA423/286/E of 814 NAS is lowered into the hangar deck of HMS ‘Eagle’, while exercising with the US 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean – during which Gannets operated from the USN carrier USS ‘Saratoga’. T HARRISON

Appropriately named after the elegant diving seabird able to pursue its prey underwater, the Fairey Gannet resulted from a Royal Navy (RN) requirement revealed by Specification GR.17/45 in 1945.

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