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US Navy - Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 (HELSEACOMBATRON 3)

HSC-3 'Merlins'

 

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STATUS:   established: April 1, 2005 (redesignated from HC-3)
Homebase: NAS North Island, San Diego, California
West Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron for the MH-60S Seahawk
ACTIVE UNIT
AIRCRAFT:   Sikorsky MH-60S Seahawk (Knighthawk)
 

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aboard USS Green Bay (LPD 20) - JUly 2014

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MH-60S Seahawks (HSC-3) at Camp Pendleton, California assisting the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection - May 2014


MH-60S Seahawk (HSC-3) lift off from Camp Pendleton, Calif., to assist the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection - May 2014


June 2013


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June 2013


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Point Mugu, California - May 2013


Point Mugu, California - May 2013


wildfire fight - Eastern San Diego County - August 2012


Coronado, California - July 2007


San Diego, California - April 2007


Pacific Ocean - January 2007


Pacific Ocean - January 2006


San Diego, California - August 2005


San Diego, California - August 2005


Pacific Ocean - June 2005


Pacific Ocean - June 2005


San Diego, California - June 2005


San Diego, California - May 2005


San Diego, California - May 2005


San Diego, California - May 2005


San Diego, California - May 2005


San Diego, California - April 2005


San Diego, California - April 2005


San Diego, California - April 2005


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History:

HSC-3 was established on the 1st of April 2005, and is the redefinition for HC-3. HC-3 was established on 01 September 1967 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Imperial Beach. At that time, HC-3 was the only West Coast VERTREP squadron. Operating from Combat Logistics Force (CLF) ships, HC-3 detachments transferred critical supplies to forward deployed ships via helicopter, affording maximum mobility to Battle Groups.

In July 1973, HC-3 moved to its present location aboard NAS North Island. The first MH-60S students completed training on 26 April 2002, and HC-3 graduated the final H-46 pilots in the fall of 2002.

HSC-3 administers a number of programs in addition to providing highly trained pilots and aircrew to the Fleet. As the Model Manager for the Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) for the MH-60S, HSC-3 evaluates the NATOPS programs of each West Coast HSC squadron annually. HSC-3 instructors also train all Pacific Fleet Helicopter Control Officers (HCOs) and Landing Signalman Enlisted (LSEs). The squadron also serves as the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Search and Rescue (SAR) Model Manager, establishes the training and equipment requirements for all SAR operations in the U.S. Navy.
 
 
 

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