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HSC-22 Deployed with Kearsarge

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Story Number: NNS071103-02
Release Date: 11/3/2007 5:31:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ash Severe, Kearsarge Strike Group Public Affairs

PERSIAN GULF (NNS) -- Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, Det. 1 "Sea Knights" is currently on deployment with Kearsarge Strike Group supporting Maritime Security Operations (MSO).

"We are here to provide vertical replenishments, search and rescues, and support anti-surface operations for the strike group and the 22nd Marine Expeditonary Unit and all vessels within range," said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Keith Camper, maintenance officer for HSC-22.

HSC-22 has flown over 315 hours so far on this deployment, conducted 468 hours of work-ups and 49 hours of ammunition transfers.

"I feel like we do the strike group a huge service. We are on call for anything that might happen from medical evacuations for an injured crew member to saving someone [at sea]," said Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class (AW) Lucas Koloski. "We get the job done fast and get it done right."

Since July 30, HSC-22 has conducted several vertical replenishments, 12 medical evacuations and two search and rescue missions.

HSC-22 was established Sept. 29, 2006, making this their first deployment as a squadron.

Kearsarge Strike Group consists of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), amphibious transport dock ship USS Ponce (LPD 15), dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69), guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78), guided-missile frigate USS Carr (FFG 52) and fast-attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755).

MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counterterrorism and security efforts of regional nations. These operations seek to disrupt violent extremists' use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.

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