Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Det Jax carries on a long tradition of support to Atlantic Fleet HS squadrons. Originally established as Helicopter Antisubmarine Wing One on April 1, 1973 at NAS Quonset Point, R.I., the wing was relocated to NAS Jacksonville on Dec. 15, 1973 and redesignated as Helicopter Antisubmarine Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HSWINGLANT). It's mission was to train and support carrier-based (CV/CVN) HS squadrons to conduct all-weather, multi-sensor antisubmarine warfare (ASW), comprehensive overwater search and rescue (SAR) and logistics support missions for all types of Atlantic Fleet units.
HSWINGLANT was disestablished and assimilated into Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HSCWINGLANT) on April 1, 2005 as part of a major reorganization of the Navy's helicopter community. The HSWINGLANT organization survives today as Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (HSCWINGLANT), Det Jax. The wing continues to support and train the five Atlantic fleet HS squadrons in the traditional missions of CV/CVN based ASW, overwater SAR, logistics support and newer missions such as combat search and rescue, naval special warfare support and antisurface warfare.
All five squadrons based at NAS Jacksonville fly and maintain MH-60R helicopters in support of critical U.S. Navy missions around the world.
For more information about each individual squadron go to:
HSM-72 "PROUD WARRIORS"
HSM-74 "SWAMP FOXES"