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Commodore  |  Deputy Commodore  Command Master Chief

Captain Shawn T. Bailey


      Captain Shawn Bailey is a native of San Antonio, Texas.  He graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology.  He was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1997.


    Captain Bailey’s operational assignments include two back-to-back tours with Helicopter Combat Support Squadron FIVE (HC-5), deploying twice aboard USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3), twice aboard USNS NIAGARA FALLS (T-AFS 3), and USNS FLINT (T-AE 32) in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, DESERT FOX, WARDEN, STABILIZE, and IRAQI FREEDOM; Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO THREE (HSC-23), deploying as Sea Combat Detachment Officer-in-Charge aboard USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) i  n support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM and SEA DRAGON.  He commanded Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO EIGHT (HSC-28), in support of SECOND, FOURTH, FIFTH and SIXTH Fleet operations.  He served as Air Boss in USS BOXER (LHD 4) and deployed in support of THIRD, FIFTH, and SEVENTH Fleet Operations and National Tasking in the United States Pacific Command (PACOM) and United States Central Command (CENTCOM) Areas of Responsibility.


    Captain Bailey’s shore assignments include instructor duty at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nevada as a Rotary Wing Weapons School Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWTI) and SWTI Course Program Manager, providing graduate level flight training for all Navy H-60 communities.  He is a graduate of the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.  He commanded the MERLINS of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron THREE (HSC-3), the MH-60S, HH-60H, MQ-8 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) from April 2015 to March of 2017.


    Captain Bailey assumed the position of Commodore, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic May 2019.  Additionally, he commanded Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO TWO (HSC-22) from June to August 2018.


    Captain Bailey has accumulated more than 3,500 flight hours in the HH-46D, MH-60S, SH-60F, HH-60H, MH-53E and MQ-8B helicopters.  His decorations include various unit, campaign and service awards.​