By Wendy Leland
Super Hornet Basing Decided
The Department of the Navy issued a record of decision for
basing 10 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet squadrons and one fleet replacement squadron (FRS)
on the East Coast. Eight fleet squadrons and one FRS comprising 120 aircraft
will be based at NAS Oceana,
The Navy’s newest amphibious ship,
For the Record
Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) received her flight deck certification on 14 August.
The ASQ-228 Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared pod completed operational evaluation, achieving certification as operationally effective and suitable.
On 22 July, an F/A-18C Hornet of VMFA-232 crashed at Twentynine Palms,
An AV-8B Harrier II of VMA-513 suffered Class A damage after
departing the runway during landing rollout at
On 27 July, an EA-6B Prowler of VAQ-135 crashed following
takeoff from Nimitz (CVN 68) in the
An S-3B Viking of VS-24 was destroyed and two aircrew
members suffered first-aid injuries following a crash in
An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Defense Plant Representative Office St. Augustine, Fla., suffered Class A damage when it departed the runway during landing rollout on 14 August.
On 24 August, an S-3B Viking suffered Class A damage during
a takeoff mishap at Tinker AFB,
An F/A-18C Hornet of VFA-25 suffered Class A damage when, following a stuck throttle in flight, the pilot ejected as the aircraft departed the runway at NAS Lemoore, Calif., on 5 September.
On 6 September, an EA-6B of VAQ-141 suffered Class A damage when it departed controlled flight after flying through jet wash on the runway threshhold at NS Norfolk, Va.
During carrier qualifications aboard George Washington (CVN
73) in the
First ESG Underway
Below, Peleliu (LHA 5) transits
the channel into
Helicopter Command Redesignations Planned
As the Navy continues transitioning to the H-60 as its sole helicopter platform, CNO’s Director, Air Warfare has approved new squadron designations to reflect the new organization. Current HC and HS squadrons will be redesignated HSC for Helicopter Sea Combat, and HSL squadrons will be redesignated HSM for Helicopter Maritime Strike. Below is a list of current and future wings and squadrons and the estimated date of transition. Squadrons seeking guidance for submitting insignia to reflect their changing designations should reference www.history.navy.mil/branches/org4-16.htm.
In March 2005, the designation of helicopter wings are scheduled to change as follows:
Commander Helicopter Tactical Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMHELTACWINGPAC) becomes Commander Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMHELSEACOMBATWINGPAC).
Commander Helicopter Tactical Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (COMHELTACWINGLANT) becomes Commander Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (COMHELSEACOMBATWINGLANT).
Commander Helicopter Antisubmarine Wing (Light), U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMHSLWINGPAC) becomes Commander Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMHELMARSTRIKEWINGPAC).
Commander Helicopter Antisubmarine Wing (Light), U.S. Atlantic Fleet (COMHSLWINGLANT) becomes Commander Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (COMHELMARSTRIKEWINGLANT).
Old New Date
HC-2 HSC-2 Jan 2006
HC-3 HSC-3 Mar 2005
HC-5 HSC-25 Mar 2005
HC-6 HSC-26 Mar 2005
HC-8 HSC-28 Mar 2005
HC-11 HSC-21 Mar 2005
New Squadron HSC-22 Jan 2007
New Squadron HSC-23 Jan 2007
HS-2 HSC-12 Apr 2009
HS-3 HSC-9 Feb 2010
HS-4 HSC-4 Feb 2007
HS-5 HSC-5 Feb 2009
HS-6 HSC-6 Apr 2010
HS-7 HSC-7 Jan 2008
HS-8 HSC-8 Mar 2008
HS-11 HSC-11 Feb 2011
HS-14 HSC-14 Apr 2011
HS-15 HSC-15 Feb 2012
HSL-37 HSM-37 Jan 2014
HSL-40 HSM-40 Jan 2010
HSL-41 HSM-41 Mar 2005
HSL-42 HSM-42 Mar 2014
New Squadron HSM-70 Jan 2008
New Squadron HSM-71 Apr 2009
New Squadron HSM-72 Feb 2009
HSL-43 HSM-73 Feb 2007
HSL-44 HSM-74 Feb 2010
HSL-45 HSM-75 Mar 2008
HSL-46 HSM-76 Feb 2011
HSL-47 HSM-77 Apr 2010
New Squadron HSM-78 Feb 2012
New Squadron HSM-79 Apr 2011
HSL-48 HSM-48 Feb 2015
HSL-49 HSM-49 Apr 2014
HSL-51 HSM-51 Mar 2013