Naval War College Review


The squadron was incorporated into the armada during the last months of 19B1 after the aircraft and pilots arrived from Prance. At that time the level of flying experience in the Super Etendard was very low ( 45 flight hours per pilot). The only training thus far had been basic training conducted outside the country. No one had flown the aircraft at night nor had there been any tactical training. Neither had the French Navy provided any attack doctrine that pertained to the new aircraft, The only thing known about the aircraft was the technique of flying it.