"Well the USN managed more aircraft over Afghan every day than the RAF had in country, so it certainly helped."
Helped what? The Taliban are resurgent, there is no genuine functioning Afghan civil infrastructure, and civilian casualties are at a 16 year high. Bombing unstable third world shit holes clearly produces unstable third world shit holes. And in that case, what does it matter how many jet jockeys are polishing their balls in the skies above?