usa Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FOUR

US Navy

HS-4 Black Knights
United States Naval Aviation

1952 to 2012    

Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FOUR
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FOUR (HS-4) was established on 30 June 1952.

HS-4 completed a deployment aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) 2 June 2010 to 8 August 2010, flying the Sikorsky SH-60F and the HH-60H. The area of operations was the Eastern Pacific. HS-4 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14) - tailcoode NK. The USS Ronald Reagan was assigned to Carrier Strike Group 7 (CSG-7)

Black Knights became HSC-4 on March 29, 2012

1956, I was transferred to HS-4 from ADA School. I was working on their last HO4S aircraft ,then to the HSS-1. I was a ADAN ,Schooled on the maint of the HISS as we called it. We left NAAS Ream Fld with 16 Helos went aboard USS Boxer (CVS-21). With VS-23 and VC-35 (Stoofs and AD Guppies ) they called us the SunDown kids ,couldnt fly at night because of NO Doppler I Was the plane Capt of VO-7 ,Folding Blades was a Challenge ! Air Boss Kinda Mad ,fouling his deck ! Got it down to 3i/2 mins ,Pilot Shut down to, plane Capt Riding Brakes, Blades Folded Had a couple of Engine & Main Trans Changes ,Tracking Blades were a Blast ,with a Flag ,Hit by Whirling blades ,Marked with different colored Crayons , Got them under your Thumb, A GO!!! did a 6 month Cruise ,Brought them all back in one piece. Great Squadron I made AD 3 in HS-4 ,Capt .was CDR .C S Tanner Exc was CDR Payne. I transferred to HS-8 as a HSS-1 plane Capt. Went on to retire, as a Naval Reserve with Total of 41 Yrs, ADC
My Dad (then LT Louis DiGiusto)was a Naval Aviator in this squadron same deployment. My Dad was one of the original Navy test pilots with Sikorsky on the HSS-1 and ferried them from Sikorsky's Stratford, CT plant to NAS North Island, Coronado. He set the helicopter land speed cross country record with the HSS-1. He lost his life in the line of duty at NAS Jax flying an H-34 on a training mission in 1965- CDR L. DiGiusto. He really enjoyed his tours and deployments 7th Fleet with HS-4. I still have squadron coffee mugs from 1950s. His grandson followed in his footsteps and is a Naval Aviator.

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Historic HS-4 Transitions To HSC-4, 29-Mar-12 : SAN DIEGO (NNS) By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shawnte Bryan, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West -- The "Black Knights" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 became Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4, during a transition ceremony at Naval Base Coronado, March 29.


1975/nowNAS North IslandKNZY
1952/75NAS Imperial Beach / Ream FieldKNRS

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1991/nows-70 H-60
1964/91s-61 H-3
1956/64s-58 H-34
1952/56s-55 H-19

Construction Numbers for HS-4 Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
58-229 hss-1 1956 141583 : Sikorsky HSS-1, c/n 58-229, ff?; del US Navy as HSS-1, 141583, 26Mar56; re+
61-022 hss-2 148044 : USN; conv SH-3G; HS-4 w/o 22mar78
61-039 hss-2 148967 : USN; conv SH-3H; HS-4 w/o 19jun81 ditched Indian Ocean
61-073 hss-2 148999 : 26sep17 pictured (pic3) at USS Hornet Museum, Alameda, CA, painted as HS-4+
61-119 hss-2 149703 : USN; SH-3A HS-4 w/o 25feb65
61-157 hss-2 149738 : USN; conv SH-3H; 01jun87 pictured as /?-615 HS-4 with CVW-15 from USS Carl+
61-171 hss-2 149902 : USN; conv SH-3H; 07jul87 pictured as /614 HS-4 lowering the AN/ASQ-13 dipp+
61-199 hss-2 149926 : USN; SH-3A HS-4 w/o 05feb66
61-214 hss-2 150619 : USN; SH-3A HS-4 w/o 05feb66
61-250 hss-2 151542 : USN; SH-3A HS-4 w/o 08oct64
hh-60h 163792 : USN; 2010 HS-4 /
70-1670 hh-60h 163793 : USN; 2010 HS-4 /NK-7
70-1677 hh-60h 163798 : USN; 2009 HS-4; 23apr11 pictured as HS-4 /NK-5 on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 7+
70-629 sh-60f 164071 : feb12 arrived 309th AMARG ex HS-4 /NK-614
70-645 sh-60f 1989 164079 : US Navy d/d nov89; 30nov10 to USS Midway Museum restoration hangar with HS+
70-650 sh-60f 164083 : feb12 arrived 309th AMARG ex HS-4 /NK-612
70-653 sh-60f 164084 : USN; 2010 HS-4 /NK-611
: 2011 HS-4 /NK-611
sh-60f 164090 : USN; HS-4 w/o 06aug91
70-1693 sh-60f 164456 : USN; 2000s HS-4 aboard the Abe Lincoln and Stennis; 2009 to Longhorns at +
- 164456 : 05nov15 transf by the National Naval Aviation Museum Pensacola to the Paci+
70-1695 sh-60f 164458 : USN; 2010 HS-4
70-2194 hh-60h 165118 : USN; 15mar11 pictured as /NK-6 HS-4 from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during+
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