Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron ELEVEN [HELASRON HS-11]
Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron ELEVEN is a helicopter squadron providing helicopter services to the USS John F Kennedy battle group. Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron ELEVEN was commissioned 27 June 1957, at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. The squadron remained at Quonset Point until 17 October 1973, when the Dragonslayers moved to their present home of NAS Jacksonville, Florida.
The Dragonslayers flew the SH-3 Sea King until 1994 when they transitioned to the Sikorsky SH-60F/HH-60H Seahawk helicopter. The squadron is a currently a part of Carrier Air Wing ONE and is embarked aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73).
The squadron's primary mission is Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW); however, HS-11 has an equally important mission of flying Search and Rescue missions both in peacetime as well as wartime. The Dragonslayers have rescued many downed aviators and transferred untold numbers of sick or injured personnel of various nations to medical facilities over the years. With the addition of the HH-60H to the squadron's inventory, Naval Special Warfare missions have become an increasingly important mission.
The Dragonslayer's history has many distinguished highlights. The squadron played a significant role in astronaut recovery operations. Over the years HS-11 flight crew recovered from the sea such famed astronauts as Whit, McDivitt, Lovell, and Aldrin. HS-11 was the first Atlantic fleet Squadron to successfully refuel a helicopter in flight from a destroyer. This greatly enhanced mission capability by extending onstation time in the submarine threat area.
The Dragonslayers' professionalism and excellence in the field of ASW has been well recognized throughout the years. HS-11 has been recipient of several honors, including four Captain Arnold Jay Isbell trophies for ASW excellence. The Dragonslayers have also won the coveted Admiral "Jimmy" Thach trophy for being the Navy's best carrier based ASW squadron. HS-11 was awarded the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Golden Anchor Award in 1983, 1984, and 1995. The squadron has also received numerous Battle Efficiency, Maintenance,and Safety awards. On 9 October 1997 the squadron celebrated six years and over 20,000 mishap-free hours of flying.
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