And it is in the realm of economics that the positive embrace of USNF Brawdy can best be explained.
Little wonder that when it was announced USNF Brawdy would close heated debate resurfaced over the economic plight of the region in a manner similar to that of 1970-71.
Ainger and the campaign to prevent the closure of the RAF base failed, and the Squadron left in 1994 leaving behind a reduced contingent to service USNF Brawdy until it closed in 1995.
USNF Brawdy plugged a hole in the area left by the Royal Navy and together with the RAF sustained the local economy.
USNF Brawdy was in fact the latest incarnation of a long association of the US Navy with the Pembrokeshire area.
These factors, coupled with the fortune of the secretive base to avoid the level of protest that more high-profile American bases in England experienced (such as Greenham Common), enabled USNF Brawdy to foster a good rapport with its neighbours in what was an otherwise turbulent period in Anglo-American political relations.
Also, USNF Brawdy existed during a period of political "calm" in the nationalist debate over the future direction of Wales, and it was not until after the base closed that nationalist arguments gained force in Welsh politics.