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HSC 25 Det. 1 Returns Home

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Story Number: NNS071213-02
Release Date: 12/13/2007 9:19:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Eric Rosario, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas Public Affairs

YIGO, Guam (NNS) -- Loud cheers from friends, warm hugs and kisses from family members, and words of admiration from shipmates filled the air as Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 Det. 1 returned to Andersen Air Force Base after completing a 10-month deployment, Dec. 5.

During the deployment, the detachment of 32 personnel was embarked on USNS Kiska (T-AE 35) and USNS Shasta (T-AE 33).

The detachment supported numerous ships with vertical replenishment, cargo movement, and passenger transfer and moved more than 1,600 tons of cargo from one vessel to another.

"It's good to be back home with my wife and kids, because being away for so long made me realize I missed all the little things that I took for granted," said Lt. Santico Valenzuela.

While underway, the detachment participated in Talisman Saber 2007, a bilateral U.S.-Australian Navy exercise; Valiant Shield 2007, an integrated joint training among U.S. military forces; and Exercise Malabar '07-1, a bilateral U.S.-Indian Navy training.

"We did the job that was asked of us and did it safely, and now we are glad to be back," said HSC 25 Det. 1 Commanding Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Hill.

HSC 25's mission is to deploy detachments to conduct helicopter sea combat operations in support of 5th and 7th Fleets and provide logistics, search and rescue, force protection, and disaster response support to the Territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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