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US Marine Corps - Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 162
HMM-162 'Golden Eagles'
former Marine Light Helicopter Transport Squadron 162 / HMR(L)-162
former Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 162 / HMR-162
 
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STATUS:   established as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 162 (HMR-162) on June 30, 1951
HMR-162 redesignated HMR(L)-162 on December 31, 1956
HMR(L)-162 redesignated HMM-162 in February 1962
HMM-162 deactivated on December 9, 2005
reactivated as
VMM-162 on August 31, 2006
 AIRCRAFT:   Sikorsky HRS-1 Chickasaw (1951-59)
Sikorsky HUS-1 / UH-34D Seahorse (1959-67)
Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight (1967-2005)
 DEPLOYMENTS:   April 1971 - October 1971 with 32nd Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) aboard USS Guam (LPH 9)
April 1974 - October 1974 with 34th Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) aboard USS Inchon (LPH 12)
January 1976 - July 1976 with 34th Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) aboard USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7)
August 1978 - October 1978 with 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) aboard USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7)
October 1979 - November 1979 with 38th Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) aboard USS Nassau (LHA 4)
August 1980 - February 1981 with 34th Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) aboard USS Saipan (LHA 2)
May 1983 - December 1983 with 24th Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) aboard USS Iwo Jima (LPH 2)
January 1985 - August 1985 with 24th Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) aboard USS Saipan (LHA 2)
August 1986 - February 1987 with 22nd Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) aboard USS Saipan (LHA 2)
December 1988 - June 1989 with 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7)
August 1990 - March 1991 with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS Inchon (LPH 12)
June 1991 - December 1991 with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1)
August 1993 - February 1994 with 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7)
January 1996 - July 1996 with 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS Guam (LPH 9)
July 1998 - December 1998 with 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS Saipan (LHA 2)
November 2000 - May 2001 with 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS Nassau (LHA 4)
January 2003 - June 2003 with 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) aboard USS Saipan (LHA 2)
March 2005 - September 2005 with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard
USS Kearsarge (LHD 3)
 
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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Jordan - August 2005

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) aboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) - April 2005

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) aboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) - March 2005

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) aboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) - March 2005

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) aboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) - January 2005

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) aboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) - January 2005

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - 2004

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina - August 2000

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina - August 2000

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina - August 2000

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina - August 2000

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina - August 2000

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina - August 2000

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Iraqi Freedom - April 2003

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Iraqi Freedom - April 2003

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Iraqi Freedom - April 2003

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Iraqi Freedom - April 2003

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Iraqi Freedom - March 2003

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina - August 1996

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) embarked on USS Guam (LPH 9) - Monrovia, Liberia - June 1996

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) embarked on USS Wasp (LHD 1) during NATO Exercise Display Determination - October 1991

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) embarked on USS Wasp (LHD 1) during NATO Exercise Display Determination - October 1991

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) embarked on USS Wasp (LHD 1) during NATO Exercise Display Determination - October 1991

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) embarked on USS Wasp (LHD 1) during a flyover off Italy - July 1991

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) embarked on USS Wasp (LHD 1) during a flyover off Italy - July 1991

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) embarked on USS Wasp (LHD 1) - June 1991

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) embarked on USS Wasp (LHD 1) - June 1991

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Sharp Edge, Liberia - September 1990

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Sharp Edge, Liberia - September 1990

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Sharp Edge, Liberia - September 1990

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Sharp Edge, Liberia - August 1990

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Sharp Edge, Liberia - August 1990

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Sharp Edge, Liberia - August 1990

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Sharp Edge, Liberia - August 1990

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Sharp Edge, Liberia - August 1990

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Sharp Edge, Liberia - August 1990

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Sharp Edge, Liberia - August 1990

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Sharp Edge, Liberia - August 1990

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Sharp Edge, Liberia - August 1990

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Sharp Edge, Liberia - August 1990

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Sharp Edge, Liberia - August 1990

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Operation Sharp Edge, Liberia - August 1990

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) embarked on USS Saipan (LHA 2) during Exercise Northern Wedding - September 1986

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) embarked on USS Saipan (LHA 2) during Exercise Northern Wedding - September 1986

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) embarked on USS Saipan (LHA 2) during Exercise Northern Wedding - September 1986

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Beirut Airport, Lebanon - April 1983

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - Beirut Airport, Lebanon - April 1983

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CH-46E Sea Knight (HMM-162) - April 1983


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UH-34D (HMM-162) aboard USS Guam (LPH 9) - 1967

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UH-34D (HMM-162) - Vietnam War - 1964


HMR-162 (1951-56)
HMR(L)-162 (1957-62)

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HUS-1 (HMR(L)-162) aboard USS Hornet (CVS 12) - 1960

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HUS-1 (HMR(L)-162) aboard USS Oriskany (CVA 34) - 1960
   
 
history
Early years
Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 162 (HMR-162) was activated on June 30, 1951 at Marine Corps Air Facility Santa Ana. The primary mission of the squadron at that time was to provide airlift and air supply for the Fleet Marine Force in amphibious operations. The personnel strength of the squadron grew quickly and crews were sent to Marine Corps Air Station Quantico, Virginia to accept and ferry the new Sikorsky HRS-1 helicopters to MCAF Santa Ana.

During these early months, the squadron was occupied primarily with proficiency training, which contributed to the growing body of knowledge of rotary winged aircraft and their tactical employment, ultimately evolving into a basis for the Marine Corps' doctrine of vertical envelopment.

Helicopters of HMR-162 made amphibious warfare history in February 1952 during Operation Lex Baker I, when they airlifted a combat-equipped company of the 3rd Marine Regiment from the escort carrier USS Rendova to the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton hills. The ship-to-shore movement was the first ever attempted on such a scale.

On December 31, 1956, the squadron was redesignated as Marine Helicopter Squadron-Light (HMR(L)-162). In the fiscal year 1956, the squadron logged 5,166 accident-free flight hours and was awarded the Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award. During March 1957, six Marines of the squadron were awarded the Philippine Legion of Honor for their gallant conduct in the recovery operations at the scene of the death of President Ramon Magsaysay on Cebu Island. The plane carrying the Philippine President from Cebu City to Manila crashed and the squadron was asked to assist in the rescue and recovery operations that were subsequently undertaken.

As the year came to a close HMR(L)-162 boarded the USS Princeton and set sail for the South China Sea. While en route, the ship was ordered to Singapore to load supplies to be helicopter distributed to flood victims in Ceylon. The squadron used 20 HRS-3s in the operation and logged a total of 1123.9 hours for the five days of evacuation and resupply. One of the recommendations to emerge from this action was that efforts be continued and intensified to devise navigational systems for helicopters. On February 5, 1959, the squadron was transferred to the Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, where it reformed as a unit of Marine Aircraft Group 26. During the summer months of 1962, HMR(L)-162 was involved with the relief operations in the Gulf Coast area in the aftermath of Hurricane Carla.

On April 2, 1960, HMR (L)-162 was reduced to zero strength and shifted to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. The squadron was immediately built up in a few days at MCAS Futenma, Okinawa as personnel began reporting from MCAS New River.


Vietnam War and the 1980s
HMM-162 operated deployed to the Republic of Vietnam in January 1963 and operated from Da Nang until June 1965.

In 1983, the squadron deployed as part of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit aboard the USS Iwo Jima to Beirut, Lebanon. While in theater, the squadron provided helicopter support during the deployment, and provided critical support during the aftermath of the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing.

Gulf War and the 1990s
While filling the role as the Strategic reserve for Operation Desert Storm, HMM-162 participated in the Noncombatant Evacuation Operation (NEO), Operation Sharp Edge in war-torn Liberia. During this operation the "Golden Eagles" evacuated 226 American Citizens and 2,400 third-country nationals.

The squadron also participated in Operation Provide Comfort in northern Iraq and in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia during 1993.


Global War on Terror
In 2003, HMM-162 deployed to Kuwait and then participated in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. During the two month period that they flew in support of I Marine Expeditionary Force in Iraq they transported more than 500,000 pounds of cargo, 2,200 passengers and flew over 900 flight hours.

HMM-162 officially stood down December 9, 2005 to begin the process of transitioning to the MV-22 Osprey. On August 31, 2006, the squadron was reactivated as
VMM-162,  the second operational Osprey squadron in the Marine Corps.

source: USMC
 
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