Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light [HSL-45]
As of 2003, HSL-45 was scheduled to be redesignated Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron HSM-75 in March of 2008. This change reflected the switch to the MH-60R Seahawk and the squadron's new mulit-mission capability.
The pilots, naval officers and Sailors who make up HSL-45 call themselves the "wolfpack." The primary mission of HSL-45 is to provide fully mission capable detachments aboard cruisers, destroyers, and frigates assigned to the U.S. Pacific Fleet. These detachments are an integral part of the ship's weapon system, extending the ship's undersea and anti-ship warfare capabilities beyond the horizon.
In February of 1990, VINCENNES deployed on her third six month tour of the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, In addition to covering the fleet with the "Aegis Shield" and coordination all Battle Group air events, VINCENNES served as the Command and Control Flagship during Harpoon-Ex-90. VINCENNES spent more time at sea during deployment than any other ship in the Battle Group. In July 1990. VINCENNES returned home after steaming nearly 100,000 miles. She deployed with SH-60S LAMPS MK III Anti-Submarine helicopters from HSL-45 Det 13. The embarked LAMPS detachment was a tremendous asset and performed superbly in its Anti-Submarine Warfare and Anti-Submarine Underwater Warfare roles.
USS David R. Ray (DD 971), homeported in Long Beach, Calif., and a Light Airborne Multipurpose System MK III helicopter detachment (HSL 45 Detachment 7), from NAS North Island, Calif., participated in a two-week, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman (Feb. 5 through 19, 1995). The purpose of Exercise Sharem 110 was to gather data and evaluate tactics to counter the growing third-world diesel submarine threat.
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