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US Marine Corps - Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 166
HMM-166 'Sea Elk'
 
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STATUS:   established as Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 166 (HMM-166) on September 13, 1985
HMM-166 redesignated VMM-166 on June 23, 2010
 AIRCRAFT:   Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight
 DEPLOYMENTS:   August 1987 - February 1988 with 15th Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) aboard USS Tripoli (LPH 10)
January 1992 - July 1992 with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS Okinawa (LPH 3)
June 1994 - December 1994 with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS Tripoli (LPH 10)
May 1996 - June 1996 with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS Essex (LHD 2)
October 1996 - April 1997 with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS Essex (LHD 2)
January 2000 - July 2000 with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)
June 2002 - December 2002 with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3)
May 2004 - October 2004 with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3)
February 2006 - August 2006 with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5)
November 2007 - June 2008 with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS Tarawa (LHA 1)
September 2009 - April 2010 with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)
 
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CH-46 Sea Knight (VMM-166) embarked on USS Tarawa (LHA 1) - March 2008


 
 
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Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 166 (HMM-166) was a United States Marine Corps aviation squadron consisting of CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters. Activated in 1985, HMM-166 was the youngest CH-46 helicopter squadron in the Marine Corps. The squadron was redesignated as a tiltrotor squadron on June 23, 2010.


The squadron was activated on September 13, 1985 at Marine Corps Air Station Tustin, California and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16. They relocated during 1995 to Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California and again during 1999 to MCAS Miramar, California.

They participated in the following operations:
1990 - Operation Desert Shield
1991 - Operation Desert Storm
1994 - Operation Support Hope
1994 - Operation Restore Hope
1998 - Operation Southern Watch
2004 - Operation Iraqi Freedom

In 2004, HMM-166 deployed as the aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During this deployment they participated in the Battle of Najaf (2004).

On November 5, 2007 the squadron deployed to the Western Pacific as the aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. From December 4 to 6, as part of the 11th MEU, HMM-166 flew 29 humanitarian assistance missions over Bangladesh to transport more than 54,165 pounds of food and supplies and 1875 gallons of water to the people most affected by Tropical Cyclone Sidr.
On 5 May 2009 a SuperCobra belonging to the squadron crashed at 1154 hrs PST into the Cleveland National Forest, California. The crash resulted in the fatalities of the aircraft's two pilots, Jessica Conkling, 27, and Aaron Cox, 26. The SuperCobra had departed Naval Air Facility El Centro 30-40 minutes earlier for Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The cause of the crash was an improperly secured transmission cover which came off in flight and struck the tail rotor.

In September 2009, HMM-166(REIN) again deployed as the aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. They participated in exercises in East Timor, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Djibouti. They returned from the deployment in April 2010. The squadron was redesignated as VMM-166 on June 23, 2010, flying the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.

source: wikipedia
 
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