HSC-3 was established on the 1st of April 2005, and is the redefinition for HC-3. HC-3 was established on 01 September 1967 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Imperial Beach. At that time, HC-3 was the only West Coast VERTREP squadron. Operating from Combat Logistics Force (CLF) ships, HC-3 detachments transferred critical supplies to forward deployed ships via helicopter, affording maximum mobility to Battle Groups.
In July 1973, HC-3 moved to its present location aboard NAS North Island. The first MH-60S students completed training on 26 April 2002, and HC-3 graduated the final H-46 pilots in the fall of 2002.
HSC-3 administers a number of programs in addition to providing highly trained pilots and aircrew to the Fleet. As the Model Manager for the Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) for the MH-60S, HSC-3 evaluates the NATOPS programs of each West Coast HSC squadron annually. HSC-3 instructors also train all Pacific Fleet Helicopter Control Officers (HCOs) and Landing Signalman Enlisted (LSEs). The squadron also serves as the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Search and Rescue (SAR) Model Manager, establishes the training and equipment requirements for all SAR operations in the U.S. Navy.
The hallmark of HSC-3’s success is its dedication to safety and mission accomplishment. Since 1974, the Command has been awarded ten CNO Safety Awards and seven Commander Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet Battle Efficiency awards. HSC-3 will continue to produce the finest pilots and aircrew in the world, able to operate the MH-60S Nighthawk helicopter successfully