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BHR's HC-11 Detachment Changes to HSC-21

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050430-08
Release Date: 4/30/2005 9:26:00 AM

By Journalist 3rd Class (SW) Ryan Valverde, USS Bonhomme Richard Public Affairs

ABOARD USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea (NNS) -- The “Gunbearers” of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 11, Det. 4, embarked aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) (BHR), were re-designated as the “Blackjacks” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, Det. 4 April 1.

The re-designation, or name-change, was made squadron-wide as part of the reorganization of the naval helicopter community, said Lt. Cmdr. Dan Bogan, the officer in charge of HSC-21.

According to Bogan, a resident of San Diego, the Navy recently phased out the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter to the more-recently-designed MH-60S and MH-60R Seahawk helicopters, and “this is the first transition.”

Since the “Blackjacks” deployed with the "Revolutionary Gator," they have been flying the MH-60S and soon will be phasing in the MH-60R.

The new birds have newly designed systems that will enhance search and rescue and counter-mine identification missions. With the added components, the helicopters will be more versatile for a number of different missions.

Bonhomme Richard, with the embarked “Blackjacks” of HSC-21, is currently deployed in support of the global war on terrorism.

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