HELICOPTER SEA COMBAT WING ATLANTIC
Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic was originally established as Helicopter Tactical Wing ONE on 1 Oct 1982 at Naval Air Station Norfolk, VA. The reorganization of Atlantic Fleet Naval Air Forces combined the critical mission areas of Helicopter Combat Support and Helicopter Mine Countermeasures. In 1989, these mission areas were expanded to include Aerial and Seaborne Target Services, Aerial Surveillance and Reconnaissance. HELTACWING ONE was reorganized as HELTACWINGLANT in September 1993, as an Echelon Four command reporting directly to COMNAVAIRLANT. This Type Wing was operationally and administratively responsible for the material support, training, and overall readiness of seven squadrons, AIMD Corpus Christi, and the Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapon Systems Training School. HELTACWINGLANT was redesignated as Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic on 1 April 2005. Today, HELSEACOMBATWINGLANT is the largest and most diverse wing in the Navy. HSCWL squadrons operate over 110 aircraft with over 5,000 personnel, including the MH-53E, MH-60S, HH-60H, and SH-60F to conduct operationally diverse missions including: VERTREP, VOD, SAR, CSAR, ASW, NSW, ASUW, AMCM, SPECOPS, Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief, DV Transfer, and RECON. HELSEACOMBATWINGLANT is currently leading the way with the introduction of the MH-60S in logistics, OAMCM, and Anti-surface roles.
HS AND HC WINGS MERGE
On 1 April, 2005 at the Paul Nelson Helicopter Building, Capt Kevin B. Lynch transferred command of the NAS Jacksonville based Helicopter Antisubmarine Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet to Capt Kenneth J. Burker, Commander Helicopter Tactical Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet to establish Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic based in Norfolk, Va. This transformation through consolidation is consistent with the Navy’s effort to align functions while streamlining costs by phasing out numerous Type/Model/Series helicopters and replacing them through acquisition of the MH-60R (Romeo) and MH-60S (Sierra). The HSC Wing maintains a cadre of personnel at NAS Jacksonville (OIC HSC Wing Det Jax) to support the five HS squadrons with current operations.
HELICOPTER SEA COMBAT WING, DET JAX HISTORY
Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic DET JAX (formerly Helicopter Antisubmarine Wing) was established as Helicopter Antisubmarine Wing ONE on April 1, 1973, at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. HSWINGLANT was directed to relocate to NAS Jacksonville on December 15, 1973 when NAS Quonset Point closed. The Wing’s mission was to train and support carrier based (CV/CVN) helicopter antisubmarine squadrons that were capable of conducting all weather, multi-sensor Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), comprehensive over water search and rescue, and logistics support for detachments aboard aviation capable ships. HSWINGLANT was disestablished and assimilated into Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic on 1 April 2005, thus becoming Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic, Detachment Jacksonville. Today, HSCWINGLANT DET JAX conducts overland Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), Naval Special Warfare support (NSW), Antisurface Warfare (ASUW), and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP), while continuing the tradition of CVN-based Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW). All five DET JAX squadrons professionally fly and maintain the SH-60F and HH-60H in support of missions worldwide. HSCWINGLANT, DET JAX squadrons will continue to provide protection and perform critical support missions for all Atlantic Fleet units.