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US Navy - Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 2 (HELSUPPRON 2)

HC-2 'Fleet Angels'

 
hc-2 fleet angels insignia crest patch badge us navy helicopter combat support squadron
hc-2 fleet angels helicopter combat support squadron us navy sh-3 Sea King CH-53 Super Stallion
 
STATUS:   Note: there was a previous HC-2 (1965-77):
established as HU-2 on April 1, 1948
HU-2 redesignated HC-2 on July 1, 1965
HC-2 disestablished on September 30, 1977

 
HC-2 established on April 1, 1987
HC-2 redesignated HSC-2 January 2006
  
Homebase: -
Carrier Air Wing: -
Aircraft Carrier: -
 AIRCRAFT:   Sikorsky SH-3G Sea King
Sikorsky UH-3H Sea King
Sikorsky VH-3A Sea King
Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion
Kaman UH-2 Seasprite
 DEPLOYMENTS:   various detachment deployments
 

images


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January 2006

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UH-3H Sea King (HC-2) - January 2006

hc-2 fleet angels uh-3h sea king 2005 05 bahrain
UH-3H Sea King (HC-2) - Bahrain - September 2005

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UH-3H Sea King (HC-2) - New Orleans, Louisiana - September 2005

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UH-3H Sea King (HC-2) with a MH-60S Seahawk of HSC-26 - Persian Gulf - September 2005

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UH-3H Sea King (HC-2) aboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) - August 2005

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UH-3H Sea King (HC-2) aboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) - August 2005

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UH-3H Sea King (HC-2) - Fort Story, Virginia - March 2005

hc-2 fleet angels uh-3h sea king 2005 10 little creek virginia
UH-3H Sea King (HC-2) - Little Creek, Virginia - February 2005

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UH-3H Sea King (HC-2) - Persian Gulf - February 2005

hc-2 fleet angels uh-3h sea king 2005 12 persian gulf
UH-3H Sea King (HC-2) - Persian Gulf - February 2005

hc-2 fleet angels uh-3h sea king 2004 13 arabian gulf
UH-3H Sea King (HC-2) - Arabian Gulf - September 2004

hc-2 fleet angels uh-3h sea king 2003 14 arabian gulf
UH-3H Sea King (HC-2) - Arabian Gulf - November 2003

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UH-3H Sea King (HC-2) - Arabian Gulf - June 2003

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UH-3H Sea King (HC-2) - December 2002

hc-2 fleet angels uh-3h sea king 2002 17 arabian gulf
UH-3H Sea King (HC-2) - Arabian Gulf - August 2002

hc-2 fleet angels uh-3h sea king 2002 18 uss la salle agf-3
UH-3H Sea King (HC-2) aboard USS LaSalle (AGF 3) - August 2002

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July 2000

hc-2 fleet angels sh-3g sea king exercise strong resolve 1995 40
SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) during exercise Strong Resolve 95 - March 1995

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SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) during exercise Strong Resolve 95 - March 1995

hc-2 fleet angels vh-3a sh-3g sea king nas oceana virginia 1991 27
VH-3A Sea King (black) and SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) at NAS Oceana, Virginia - 1991


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CH-53E Super Stallion (HC-2) - March 1991

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CH-53E Super Stallion (HC-2) - March 1991

hc-2 fleet angels sh-3g sea king operation desert shield 1990 23
SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) during operation Desert Shield - October 1990

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SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) during operation Desert Shield - October 1990

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SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) during operation Desert Shield - September 1990

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SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) during operation Desert Shield - September 1990

hc-2 fleet angels sh-3g sea king operation desert shield 1990 21
SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) during operation Desert Storm - August 1990

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SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) during operation Desert Storm - August 1990

hc-2 fleet angels sh-3g sea king operation desert shield 1990 30
SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) during operation Desert Shield - August 1990


a series (next 7) of images of CH-53E Super Stallions from HC-2 / Det.5&6 Haulin Hawgs (thank's to Kenneth Marshall)
aircraft 711 = BuNo 161535 / 712 = BuNo 161541

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Hurgada, Egypt - 1991

hc-2 detachment haulin hawgs ch-53e super stallion 1991 57 hurgada egypt
Hurgada, Egypt - 1991

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CH-53E Super Stallion 711 (HC-2, Det.5) - Haulin Hawgs

hc-2 detachment 5 haulin hawgs ch-53e super stallion 1990 54 mediterranean sea
CH-53E Super Stallion 711 (HC-2, Det.5) over the Mediterranean Sea - 1990

hc-2 detachment 5 haulin hawgs ch-53e super stallion 1990 55 turkey
CH-53E Super Stallion 711 (HC-2, Det.5) over Turkey - 1990

hc-2 detachment 5 haulin hawgs ch-53e super stallion 1990 56 uss shreveport lpd-12
CH-53E Super Stallion 712 (HC-2, Det.5) aboard USS Shreveport (LPD 12) - 1990

hc-2 detachment 5 haulin hawgs ch-53e super stallion 1989 59 hurricane hugo st thomas
CH-53E Super Stallion 711+712 (HC-2, Det.5) during Hurricane Hugo relief - St. Thomas - 1989


hc-2 fleet angels sh-3g sea king comsixthfleet geata 1989 44
SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) - November 1989

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SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) - November 1989

hc-2 fleet angels sh-3g sea king black 1989 46 6th fleet gaeta
SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) - November 1989

hc-2 fleet angels vh-3a sea king 1989 28
VH-3A Sea King (HC-2) - August 1989

hc-2 fleet angels vh-3a sea king 1989 19
VH-3A Sea King (HC-2) - August 1989

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VH-3A Sea King (HC-2) - August 1989

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SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) - undated

hc-2 fleet angels sh-3g sea king 742 35 persian gulf
SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) - Persian Gulf - January 1989

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SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) - Persian Gulf - January 1989

hc-2 fleet angels sh-3g sea king 1989 34 persian gulf
SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) - Persian Gulf - January 1989

hc-2 fleet angels ch-53e super stallion sh-3g vh-3a sea king 1988
CH-53E Super Stallion, SH-3G Sea King and two VH-3A Sea Kings (HC-2) - May 1988

hc-2 fleet angels detachment haulin hawgs ch-53e super stallion
CH-53E Super Stallion (HC-2) - undated

hc-2 fleet angels detachment haulin hawgs ch-53e super stallion 1988 24
CH-53E Super Stallion (HC-2) - April 1988

hc-2 fleet angels sh-3g sea king desert duck 1987 37
SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) - November 1987

hc-2 fleet angels sh-3g sea king desert duck 1987 25
SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) - October 1987

hc-2 fleet angels sh-3g sea king desert duck 1987 48
SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) - October 1987

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SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) - October 1987

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SH-3G Sea King (HC-2) and a F-4J Phantom II (VF-74) aboard USS America (CV 66) - October 1987

hc-2 fleet angels uh-2 seasprite uss america cva-66 1969 52
UH-2 Seasprites (HC-2) aboard USS America (CVA 66) - 1969

hc-2 fleet angels uh-2 seasprite uss america cva-66 1969 51
UH-2A Seasprite (HC-2) - 1969
   
 
On 1 April 1948, Helicopter Utility Squadron ONE and TWO (HU-1 and HU-2), both known as the "Fleet Angels," were formed from the newly decommissioned Helicopter Development Squadron THREE (VX-3) at Lakehurst, New Jersey. These were the Navy's first two helicopter squadrons.

Seventeen years later in July 1965, HU-2 was redesignated Helicopter Combat Support Squadron TWO (HC-2). In October 1973, the Fleet Angels moved to Jacksonville, FL. Over the years, the Fleet Angels distinguished itself with many firsts: First MEDEVAC, first blimp rescue, first all-weather day/night detachment, first night Doppler rescue, and first night full autorotation to a flight deck. Their existence was justified by their superior record and astonishing 2,318 rescues. The "Fleet Angels" were disestablished on 30 September 1977, falling victim to budget restraints after 30 years of proud service.

The "Circuit Riders" of HC-2 were established on 1 April 1987 aboard NAS Norfolk from detachments of HM-12, HC-6, and HS-1 in order to unify the combat support elements of these dissimilar Atlantic Fleet squadrons. Since its recommisioning, HC-2 has participated in numerous fleet exercises building an impressive reputation of mission accomplishment and safety. In order to continue the proud tradition and history of the oldest helicopter squadron in the Navy, they reconnected with their roots and reclaimed the name "Fleet Angels." The "Fleet Angels" flew the UH-3H Sea King and the executive transport version of the Sea King, UH-3H(ET). The "Fleet Angels" used to maintain two continuously deployed H-3 detachments overseas in addition to numerous short detachments that deploy from Norfolk aboard various units in support of Commander Second Fleet and Commander Strike Force Atlantic.

During Operation Desert Shield/Storm the diverse abilities of both the personnel and aircraft of the Fleet Angels were put to the test. By meeting all the challenges presented to the detachments in the Persian Gulf, the Fleet Angels distinguished itself by successfully participating in multiple search and rescue missions, strategic movement of prisoners of war, medical evacuations, mine searches and many other equally challenging missions.

In September of 1999 the Fleet Angels aided in the rescue of over 250 people in the Greenville region of North Carolina. The small community of Taraboro was devastated by the combined effects of Hurricane Dennis and Hurricane Floyd which left thousands of people stranded due to the flooding. For their primary role in these rescues, two of the Fleet Angel's aircrew were awarded the Navy Marine Corps Medal, the highest medal for peacetime heroism.

The high visibility of many of the Fleet Angels daily operations, at home and abroad, has brought the squadron under close scrutiny on numerous occasions, and resulted in the Fleet Angels receiving both the coveted "Battle Efficiency" and "Meritorious Unit Commendation" awards in its first full year of existence, and more recently the "CNO Annual Aviation Safety Award." With over 65,750 mishap-free flight hours, the Fleet Angel's daily performance has been exemplary; reflecting the pride and professionalism the squadron brings to bear on all tasks.

In January of 2006 HC-2 transitioned to HSC-2. Along with having been redesignated the HSC-2, the Fleet Angels converted from using the H-3 Sea King to the MH-60S Knight Hawk. 
 
 
 

patches & more


hc-2 fleet angels insignia crest patch badge us navy squadron 02  hc-2 fleet angels insignia crest patch badge us navy squadron 03

hc-2 fleet angels insignia crest patch badge us navy squadron desert duck  hc-2 fleet angels insignia crest patch badge 06

hc-2 fleet angels insignia crest patch badge helsuppron  hc-2 fleet angels insignia crest patch badge 08

hc-2 fleet angels insignia crest patch badgecomsixthflt  hc-2 fleet angels insignia crest patch badge 10 desert duck

hc-2 fleet angels cruise patch 1966 vietnam uss intrepid  hc-2 fleet angels insignia crest patch badge detachment naples 12


HC-2 Detachment 5 - Haulin' Hawgs (thank's to Kenneth Marshall)
  
 
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