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US Navy - Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HELMARSTRIKERON 37)

HSM-37 'Easyriders'

 
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STATUS:   HSL-37 established on July 3, 1975
HSL-37 redesignated HSM-37 in 2014
Homebase: Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay
ACTIVE UNIT
AIRCRAFT:   Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk
DEPLOYMENTS:   As the only HSM squadron in the Middle Pacific (MIDPAC) region, the Easyriders provide a variety of helicopter services to MIDPAC based ships in addition to deploying detachments
 

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) - May 2017

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) - April 2017

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) - March 2016

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) - January 2016

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) - October 2015

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) - October 2015

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) aboard USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) - August 2015

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) aboard USS Preble (DDG 88) - August 2015

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) aboard USS Preble (DDG 88) - August 2015

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) - June 2015

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) - April 2015

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) - April 2015

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) - March 2015

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aircrew operates a multi-spectral targeting system (MTS) inside a MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) - March 2015

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) aboard USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) - February 2015

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) aboard USS Halsey (DDG 97) - September 2014

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) - March 2014

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) - March 2014

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) - March 2014

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) - March 2014

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) - February 2014

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sailors loading sonar-buoys into a MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) aboard USS McCampbell (DDG 85) - February 2014

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MH-60R Seahawk (HSM-37) aboard USS McCampbell (DDG 85) - February 2014
 
 
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron THIRTY-SEVEN (HSM-37) was established on 3 July 1975 aboard Naval Air Station, Barbers Point, Hawaii, and remains the Navy’s oldest operational Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) squadron. As a result of the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC), HSM-37 relocated to the beautiful windward side of Oahu at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in February 1999. The Squadron consists of 45 officers and 215 enlisted personnel who maintain and operate ten Sikorsky SH-60B “Seahawk” helicopters. On 6 February 1992, HSM-37 became the only U.S. Navy Helicopter squadron to transition from the SH-2F Seasprite (LAMPS MK I) to the SH-60B Seahawk (LAMPS MK III). HSM-37 operated as a composite LAMPS MK I/III squadron until 1 October 1993, at which time it completed the transition to the SH-60B. As of 2014, the Easyriders have welcomed the MH-60R, which is the Navy's next generation submarine hunter and anti-surface warfare helicopter; MH-60R will be the cornerstone if the Navy's Helicopter Concept of Operations. The mission of the Easyriders is to provide highly trained, combat-ready LAMPS MK III detachments to Pacific Fleet ships.

Since establishment, the Easyriders have deployed well over 100 LAMPS detachments around the globe. As the only LAMPS squadron in the Middle Pacific (MIDPAC) region, HSM-37 provides a variety of helicopter services to MIDPAC based ships in addition to deploying detachments. These detachments support all Pearl Harbor based Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and Ticonderoga-class cruisers throughout the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. Homeguard support includes, but is not limited to, such operations as Combat System Sea Qualification Trials (CSSQT), USW weapons qualifications, and the training of shipboard Landing Signal Enlisted (LSE) personnel. This close coordination with Pearl Harbor based ships helps HSM-37’s flight crews and maintenance technicians achieve and maintain the highest levels of combat readiness.

The LAMPS MK III primary missions are Surface Warfare (SUW) and Under Sea Warfare (USW) prosecution through utilization of AGM-114 Hellfire Missiles and MK-46/50 torpedoes. Secondary missions include search and rescue (SAR), medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), vertical replenishment (VERTREP), naval surface fire support (NSFS), and communications relay (COMREL).

Leading tactical development in the LAMPS MK III community, a 1998 Easyrider crew was the first to fire the Hellfire missile against a high-speed maneuvering target boat. In 2000, Easyrider crews again proved their combat prowess by conducting a coordinated airborne attack against a target during a RIMPAC exercise. In 2005, HSM-37 was selected to embark the first West-coast LAMPS detachment for deployment onboard the experimental High Speed Vessel SWIFT (HSV-1) and again in 2007 aboard HSV 2 SWIFT as a “proof of concept” for SH-60B/R embarkation in the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Easyrider detachments remain in high demand due to their adaptability and flexibility towards the modern peacetime and combat environments.

The squadron’s commitment to excellence is readily evident in its unit awards: two Meritorious Unit Commendations, eight Battle Efficiency (“E”) awards, three CNO Aviation Safety awards, twelve Arnold J. Isbell trophies for Anti-Surface and Anti-Submarine Warfare Excellence and seven HSMWINGPAC Top Torpedo awards. HSM-37 is the current holder for the Squadron Blue “M” award and the COMPACFLT Retention Excellence award which rewards the squadron’s more than 70% retention rate. The squadron celebrated 93,000 Class-A mishap-free flight hours in 2011.

source: HSM-37 website
 
 
 

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