Future HSC-3 Merlins!

        Welcome to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron THREE, the best Fleet Replacement Squadron in the Navy. We are located aboard NAS North Island in San Diego. You must be excited about your upcoming move and may have questions or concerns about the Command and the local area, especially if this is your first tour in San Diego. We want to ensure all new check-ins experience a smooth transition, both for you and your families. As soon as we recieve your orders you will be assigned a sponsor and a welcome aboard package will be mailed to you. If you are currently under orders and have not yet been contacted by a sponsor, please contact the commands sponsorship coordinator (link), who will assure one is assigned imediately. Once your sponsor is assigned, work with them to coordinate the details of your arrival. If you have any family matters or concerns, please let your sponsor know so they can assist as necessary.

       If you are arriving by plane and require transportation, advise your sponsor of your flight information or call the HSC-3 Quarterdeck and we will pick you up. Assistance for arriving personal is also available to the USO located below Terminal 2 Skywalk. For additional information about San Diego, visit the Relocation Assistance Manager at the nearest Fleet and Family Service Center (FFSC). The  Center will provide information about the San Diego area available support services that include housing, childcare, schools, spouse employment and more.

You can also obtain information at and relocation tools at This website contains many helpful websites, as well as some crucial telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.

The "Merlins" look forward to your arrival! 

Quarterdeck: 619-545-8196

CMC: CMDCM James Ward
Phone: 619-545-8193

Sponsor Coordinator: AOC Vern Lababit                                                                                                              Phone: 619-545-9943

Asst. Sponsor Coordinator: AWSC Andrew Reischauer
Phone: 619-545-2479

Ombudsman: Mrs. Heidi Martin
Phone: 619-341-9971/619-545-9971


IF YOU ARE A FRP (Fleet Replacement Pilot) OR A FRAC (Fleet Replacement Aircrewman) STUDENT, PLEASE CLICK HERE!

 Sponsor Links

  San Diego Page
  SD Chamber of Commerce
  California State Website
  San Diego County
  San Diego City
  Navy Region Southwest MWR
  Military Family Housing
  California DMV
  San Diego Apartments
  San Diego Union Tribune
  Personal Property
  CNIC Naval Base Coronado
  San Diego Airport USO
  San Diego Child Development Center (CDC)
  San Diego Navy Lodge
  San Diego FFSC
  San Diego Union Tribune
  San Diego Weather

 Sponsor Contacts

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