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Helicopter Anti-Submarine Wing Light, Atlantic
Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, Atlantic [COMHELMARSTRKWINGLANT]

In April of 2005, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Wing, Atlantic transitioned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, Atlantic.

Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, is an operational and administrative Type Wing composed of the Wing Staff, five Atlantic Fleet Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) MK III Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) Squadrons, one local Wing Weapons School (WWS), one Surface Rescue Swimmer School (SRSS) and one overseas Detachment in Sigonella, Italy.

COMHSMWINGLANT is responsible for all aspects of material readiness and type training of the units assigned when shore-based, and as appropriate when they are deployed. Although this basic responsibility extends throughout the employment cycle of individual detachments, direct management control is normally exercised only when these units are homeported.

The unit is assigned permanent duty at Naval Station, Mayport, FL. The HSM Wing Commander is also responsible for the production and logistics efforts of the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment (AIMD) Mayport and the Aviation Support Detachment (ASD) Mayport. These two activities support the LAMPS Community's Maintenance and Supply requirements. The Wing is directly responsible to Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

When the squadrons of Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, Pacific have transistioned to the MH-60R, they will be redesignated HSM from HSL.

Redesignations and Estimated Dates of Transition
Old New Date
HSL-40 HSM-40 Jan 2010
HSL-42 HSM-42 Apr 2010
HSL-44 HSM-74 Feb 2010
HSL-46 HSM-76 Feb 2011
HSL-48 HSM-48 Feb 2015

Commander Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Wing, Atlantic extended the shipboard sensor and weapons capabilities against several types of enemy threats: submarines, surface ships and patrol craft that might be armed with anti-ship missiles. The "Light" squadrons deployed aboard surface ships and fly the SH-60B.

Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Wing Atlantic Fleet was responsible for the training and readiness of all Atlantic Fleet LAMPS MK III Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light (HSL) Squadrons. These squadrons operated the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter and deployed, in one or two aircraft detachments, aboard LAMPS equipped destroyers, cruisers and frigates.




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