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Ferret mk 1 02 CC 30 was in service (Germany BAOR) 1972 ...

 

 

8th Sept 1972: 721 Tactical Air Control Party (Forward Air Controller)

 

 

Does anyone have any information about the unit 721 TACP (FAC) BAOR Germany ?

 

and what special equipments were used in TACP / FAC - Ferrets ?

 

 

 

pekka

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Ferret mk 1 02 CC 30 was in service (Germany BAOR) 1972 ...

 

 

8th Sept 1972: 721 Tactical Air Control Party (Forward Air Controller)

 

 

Does anyone have any information about the unit 721 TACP (FAC) BAOR Germany ?

 

and what special equipments were used in TACP / FAC - Ferrets ?

 

 

 

pekka

 

By the late 70s, the Mark 1 Ferret was a workhorse for a number of roles akin to this:

 

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Liaison Officer

 

In a non-wartime establishment (ie if the Cold War went hot we might have got one) 15/19H did not have an FAC per se, though Command Troop did have manpack radio sets intended for use by an FAC. If the FAC needed to get into a position to direct aircraft, a Mark 1 Ferret would be ideal.

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IIRC there were two TACPs per brigade, each also being a primary FAC. I was under the impression that their vehicle was a LR. In addition there were secondary FACs in various types of unit. Their only specialist equipment would have been a UHF radio (A43), marker panels, and protractor and compass in degrees (instead of the usual mils).

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