Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN ONE (HSM-71) was established on 4 October 2007 and is the Navy's premier operational Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron. The Raptors truly embody the phrase: "FIRST AND FINEST."
The Raptors were given the newest, most technologically advanced helicopter in the United States Navy's inventory, the MH-60R or "Romeo." HSM-71 was the first squadron to employ this new airframe and begin a new community. This establishment signifies the beginning of a new chapter in military history.
In 2018, the Raptors were awarded the Commander Naval Air Forces Blue "M" for medical readiness (for the fifth consecutive year) and the Retention Excellence Award (for the third consecutive year). The Raptors continue to deploy across the world and defend and support the USS JOHN C. ST ENNIS Carrier Strike Group.
Our commitment to operational performance, by the book maintenance, operational readiness, tactical innovation, weapons system development, and community leadership has combined to produce a truly capable team. The Raptors continue to set the standard for professional development, superior readiness and safety in an operational environment and have clearly established themselves as the "First and Finest" in the I-ISM community.