History DocumentariesThe Fairey Gannet Anti-Submarine Search And Strike Airplane. Warbirds In Review Series, Live Stream. The Gannet was a dedicated anti-submarine platform primarily serving the Fleet Air Arm of the British Royal Navy during the Cold War years. She was an aircraft design originating from a 1945 British Admiralty initiative (GR.17/45) requiring an advanced, carrier-based, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) platform. Both Fairey Aviation Company and Blackburn Aircraft responded with prototypes “Fairey 17” and “B-54” respectively.