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HSM 41

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Branch  United States Navy
Nickname(s)  "Seahawks"
HSM-41
Active  21 January 1983 - present
Country  United States of America
Role  Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW) Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP) Search and Rescue (SAR), Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS)
Garrison/HQ  Naval Air Station North Island

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 41 (HSM-41) Seahawks is a United States Navy helicopter squadron based at NAS North Island, San Diego, California.

History

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 41 (HSM 41) is the Navy’s Fleet Replacement Squadron dedicated to training new MH-60R pilots and aircrew. When commissioned on 21 January 1983, as Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light 41 (HSL-41) it was the Navy’s first Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) MK III squadron and flew the Sikorsky SH-60B helicopter. HSL-41 trained pilots and aircrew for the west coast HSL squadrons in San Diego, Hawaii, and Japan.

The success of West Coast LAMPS detachments in the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf is a tribute to the quality of initial and follow-on training that has been the hallmark of HSM 41. As a result, the squadron was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation in 1985, 1988, 1991 and 2002.

On 8 December 2006, HSL-41 was re designated from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 41 to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 41. In February 2008, HSM 41 surpassed 140,000 flight hours without a major aircraft incident and celebrated its 25th anniversary. Since 1983, HSM 41 has trained over 3,000 Fleet Replacement Pilots and Aircrew for service in LAMPS MK III and MH-60R fleet squadrons. In 2013, the squadron reached 170,000 flight hours without a major incident.

On 14 March 2013, a helicopter belonging to the squadron made an emergency landing in Chula Vista.

References

HSM-41 Wikipedia


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