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Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, US Atlantic Fleet [COMHELSEACOMBATWINGLANT]

In April of 2005, Helicopter Tactical Wing, Atlantic Fleet [HELTACWINGLANT] and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Wing, Atlantic Fleet [HSWINGLANT] were merged into Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, Atlantic Fleet [HELSEACOMBATWINGLANT]. This merger was a result of the Navy moving toward a reduction in aircraft types.

Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HELSEACOMBATWINGLANT) was established in April of 2005. This establishment marked the merger of the former Helicopter Anti-Submarine Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HSWINGLANT) and Helicopter Tactical Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HETACWINGLANT), as the Navy moves toward a reduction in aircraft types.

HELSEACOMBATWINGLANT combines both the strike capability of the HS wing and the cargo capability of the HC wing into its primary mission. All of its squadrons will eventually transition to the MH-60S Seahawk. Currently, the HSC (formerly HC) squadrons fly the MH-60S, while the HS squadrons fly the SH-60F and the HH-60H. The HS squadrons will transition over the next decade.

HELSEACOMBATWINGLANT squadrons will continue to deploy with all carrier strike groups and expeditionary strike groups, carrying out the traditional helicopter fleet support missions, including search and rescue, vertical replenishment and logistical support. With the MH-60S, they add combat search and rescue in support of strike warfare, Naval Special Warfare, anti-surface ship warfare and organic airborne mine countermeasures capabilities.

Redesignations and Estimated Dates of Transition
Old New Date
HC-2 HSC-2 Jan 2006
HC-6 HSC-26 Apr 2005
HC-8 HSC-28 Apr 2005
HS-3 HSC-9 Feb 2010
HS-5 HSC-5 Feb 2009
HS-7 HSC-7 Jan 2008
HS-11 HSC-11 Feb 2011
HS-15 HSC-15 Feb 2012

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