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When do pigs fly?

 

HSL-49 DET-1 SCORPIONS - PIGS WITH WINGS - Flight Hogs - First Deployment Desert Storm 91 aboard USS FORD (FFG-54)

 

Hawaii - Philippines - Bahrain - Mauritius - India - Thailand - Diego Garcia

 

HSM-49 was redesignated on 1 April 2015, formerly being Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 49 (HSL-49). HSL-49 was established on 23 March 1990 as the U.S. Navy transitioned the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light community from the SH-2 Seasprite to the SH-60B Seahawk. The Scorpions first deployed in November 1990 with Detachment 1 embarked in USS Ford (FFG-54).
The squadron - then and now - deploys its personnel and aircraft in an expeditionary model. Detachments are led by an Officer-in-Charge, normally a Lieutenant Commander, and typically deploy with one or two helicopters, and a complement of pilots, Naval Aircrewmen, mechanics and technicians.

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SH-3H SEA KING - ATTACK DON'T TRACK

 

SH-3H - Upgrade of the SH-3G as an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter for the U.S. Navy. It included SH-3G features with improvements for ASW, anti-ship missile detection and other airframe improvements. 163 SH-3A/D/Gs were upgraded to SH-3H configuration
The Sea King became operational with the United States Navy in June 1961. During the 1990s, the Sea King was replaced in the ASW and SAR roles by the U.S. Navy with the newer Sikorsky SH-60 Sea Hawk. However, the SH-3 continued to operate in reserve units in roles including logistical support, search and rescue, and transport. On 27 January 2006, the SH-3 was ceremonially retired at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, by Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 2 (HC-2)

 

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Helantisubron (L) Thirty Three Sea Snakes (HSL-33) From a rotor-head deployed aboard USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62) during the 1983 Beirut Crisis

 

 

Photo: A U.S. Navy Kaman SH-2F Seasprite (BuNo 150141) of Light Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron HSL-33, assigned to the battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62), in 1983-84.

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HC-4 DET 83 GATOR RAIDERS aboard the USS AUSTIN (LPD-4) November 1970 - May 1971 Mediterranean cruise

 

On July 1, 1960 Helicopter Utility Squadron Four (HU-4) "Black Stallions" was established at NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey, and tasked with the logistic support of non-aviation ships of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. To describe its mission more accurately, the squadron was redesignated as Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Four in July 1965, and HC-4 was born. The unit was equipped with the Kaman UH-2A Seasprite light transport helicopter.....

.....Austin again deployed with PhibRon 2 on 16 November. During the cruise, Austin held numerous amphibious and antisubmarine warfare exercises. She also visited Genoa, Livorno, and Naples, Italy, Barcelona and Rota, Spain, Mersin, Turkey, and Athens, Greece. On 7 May 1971, Austin ended the cruise at Norfolk.

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USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) Tarawa class Amphibious Assault ship in service 1977 to 2007

HSC-26 CHARGERS DET II (2) - Previous designations as HU-2 and HC-6 - 2005 EURO TRIP - "TOUCAN DO IT" aboard USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) Tarawa class Amphibious Assault ship in service 1977 to 2007

From late January 2005 until early March 2005, Saipan was on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command (NAVSO) area of responsibility in support of New Horizons, the humanitarian civic assistance efforts in Haiti. In early June, she made an official visit to Oslo on the occasion of Norway's independence centennial. During the week of 26 June 2005, Saipan was one of two American military vessels (the other being USCGC Eagle) to participate in the Royal Navy International Fleet Review in the waters off Portsmouth, England. This review, conducted by Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal Family, consisted of a parade of more than 166 ships from around the world. This event also coincided with the 2005 International Festival of the Sea and Trafalgar 200 celebration.

 

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BAYLANDER (IX-514) the world's smallest aircraft carrier. Its helicopter deck was the same size as that of a Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate.

 

HELICOPTER LANDING TRAINER 1 (HLT-1) It served as a practice landing site for helicopter pilots in the United States Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and National Guard.

 

Served in Vietnam as SKILAK (YFU-79) moving tanks, APC's, vehicles and ammo on the rivers in I Corps, 1969

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HSL-31 ARCH ANGELS - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 31 NAS North Island, NAS Imperial Beach, NOLF Ream Field 1972 to 1992

 

On September 1st 1967, HC-1 was splitted in several new units. One of those was a LAMPS training unit for the SH-2 Seasprite helicopter designated Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five ( HC-5 ). On March 1972, HC-5 became HSL-31. Archangels used tail code TD

US made embroidered patch circa 1972. Note the Lamp of Learning denoting HSL-31's status as a helicopter training unit.

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