usa Helicopter Combat Support Squadron THREE

US Navy


HC-3 Pack Rats
United States Naval Aviation

1967 to 2005    


Helicopter Combat Support Squadron THREE
Pack Rats, tail code VH, HC-3 was established on September 1st 1967 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Imperial Beach. At that time, HC-3 was the only West Coast VERTREP squadron. Operating from Combat Logistics Force (CLF) ships, HC-3 detachments transferred critical supplies to forward deployed ships via helicopter, affording maximum mobility to the Battle Group. In July 1973, HC-3 moved to its present location aboard NAS North Island.

The squadron celebrated 50,000 Class A Mishap-free hours in 1981.

Redesignated Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron THREE ( HSC-3 ), Merlins, on April 2005.



This unit as HC3 flew supplies with the H-46 from AFS ships into various bases in Vietnam
Call sign during Vietnam was LANSLIDE
1973-1976, I was in HC-3. Our tail numbers were SA, not VH
I am a Plankowner of HC-3. I was the last pilot assigned or should say hijacked By The first CO form HC-1 as I was checking in for my assigned duty., At that time Cdr. Hank Cassani.. We were assigned the 5 quansett huts at Imperial Beach as our base of operations and had a total of seven H46 A , 2 on det rest 5 for base. it took the crew of HC-3 4 month's to have all 5 plus 2 det 46's in up and ready flight status. This Squadron from the CO to the E-1 were a family and I suspect all that followed carried on this tradition. Then we had few of the gadgets that were incorporated in the later versions of the aircraft . But the helo's we used on Det 103 aboard the USS Camden AOE-3 which was the first Det assigned after the formation of the SQUADRON flew SA-10-& SA-11. on assignment to Support the naval operations in Vietnam. we experienced no safety issues and on frequent trips inland to Vietnam supported our aircraft with need parts and maintenance supplies. We set a record lift of over 8600#'s on that cruise. hope to make a special day in 2017, Sept.1, of course for the 50th Anniversary of formation of HC-3 Pack Rats. See if you can figure out why we called ourselves Pack Rats ?

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Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1973/05NAS North IslandKNZY
1967/73NAS Imperial Beach / Ream FieldKNRS

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YearsModels
2002/05s-70 H-60
1967/06107M H-46 Sea Knight


Construction Numbers for HC-3 Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
2021 CH-46A 1964 150938 : xfer USN HC-7 09Jan70; xfer HC-3 24Sep70; stor MASDC DMAFB as 1J0002 05Aug+
US Marine Corps 150938 : BV-107M, c/n 2021, ff?; del USMC as CH-46A 150938, asgd Boeing FR Morton, +
2027 UH-46A 1964 150966 : This bird was with HC-7 in Atsugi Japan and used for VertRep in Tonkin Gul+
2058 CH-46A 1964 151910 : USN; 1993 HH-46D type HC-3 /SA-07
US Marine Corps 151910 : BV-107M, c/n 2058, ff?; del USMC 23Mar65 as CH-46A 151910; asgd Boeing FR +
: 1968 pictured as HMM-164 /YT-18 with 1/Lt Robert Brougham at Vandegrift Co+
2087 CH-46A 1965 151937 : 1993 HH-46D type asg HC-3 /SA-01
US Marine Corps 151937 : BV-107M, c/n 2087, ff?; del USMC 23Jul65 as CH-46A 151937; asgd Boeing FR +
2099 CH-46A 1965 151949 : 01mar71 HC-7 tsfr this bird to HC-3 NAS Imperial Beach, CA
US Marine Corps 151949 : BV-107M, c/n 2099, ff?; del USMC 30Sep65 as CH-46A 151949; asgd Noeing FR +
2144 UH-46A 1966 152495 : BV-107M, c/n 2144, ff?; del USN as UH-46A 152495, 11Apr66; xfer HC-3, Det +
2160 CH-46A 1966 152538 : 1993 HH-46D type as HC-3 /SA-03
US Marine Corps 152538 : BV-107M, c/n 2160, ff?; del USMC 09Jun66 as CH-46A 152538; asgd Boeing FR +
2213 CH-46D 1966 153325 : US Navy in 1993 /SA-10 HC-3
US Marine Corps 153325 : BV-107M, c/n 2213, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep FR Morton PA as CH-46A 153325 2+
2237 CH-46D 1966 153345 : US Navy in 1993 /SA-15 HC-3
US Marine Corps 153345 : BV-107M, c/n 2237, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep FR, Morton PA as CH-46D 153345 +
2272 CH-46D 1967 153374 : USN, HC-3; 18jul02 to AMARC/AN1J0005
US Marine Corps 153374 : BV-107M, c/n 2272, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153374 28Mar6+
2247 UH-46D 1967 153408 : 1970/71 pictured during WestPac cruise as HC-3 /SA-8 from USS Camden (AOE-+
2259 UH-46D 1967 153410 : BV-107M, c/n 2259, ff?; del USN as UH-46D, 153410, 27Feb67; xfer HC-7, VH-+
2430 CH-46D 1968 154823 : US Navy in 1993 /SA-12 HC-3
US Marine Corps
2031 CH-46A 1964 150946 : BV-107M, c/n 2031; ff?, del to USMC 31Jul64 as CH-46A 150946; asgd Boeing +
2119 CH-46A 1966 152501 : BV-107M, c/n 2119, ff?; del USMC 26Jan66 as CH-46A 152501; asgd Boeing FR +
2161 CH-46A 1966 152539 : BV-107M, c/n 2161, ff?; del USMC 15Jun66 as CH-46A 152539; asgd Boeing FR +
2164 CH-46A 1966 152542 : BV-107M, c/n 2164, ff?; del USMC 16Jun66 as CH-46A 152542; asgd Boeing FR +
2214 CH-46D 1966 153326 : BV-107M, c/n 2214, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep FR Morton PA as CH-46D 153326 0+
2217 CH-46D 1966 153329 : BV-107M, c/n 2217, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep FR Morton PA as CH-46D 153328 0+
2228 CH-46D 1966 153338 : BV-107M, c/n 2228, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep FR, Morton PA as CH-46D 153338 +
2230 CH-46D 1966 153340 : BV-107M, c/n 2230, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep FR, Morton PA as CH-46D 153340 +
2231 CH-46D 1966 153341 : BV-107M, c/n 2231, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep FR, Morton PA as CH-46D 153341 +
2237 CH-46D 1966 153345 : BV-107M, c/n 2237, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep FR, Morton PA as CH-46D 153345 +
2244 CH-46D 1967 153352 : BV-107M, c/n 2244, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153352, 17Jan+
2249 CH-46D 1967 153355 : BV-107M, c/n 2249, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153355 01Feb6+
2269 CH-46D 1967 153373 : BV-107M, c/n 2269, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153373 15Mar6+
2272 CH-46D 1967 153374 : BV-107M, c/n 2272, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153374 28Mar6+
2281 CH-46D 1967 153383 : BV-107M, c/n 2281, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153383 19Apr6+
2282 CH-46D 1967 153384 : BV-107M, c/n 2282, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153383 19Apr6+
2285 CH-46D 1967 153387 : USN CH-46D BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153387 01May67; xfer HMM-365 20May6+
2287 CH-46D 1967 153389 : BV-107M, c/n 2287, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153389 03May6+
2289 CH-46D 1967 153391 : BV-107M, c/n 2289, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153391 05May6+
2307 CH-46D 1967 153956 : BV-107M, c/n 2307, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153956 23Jun6+
2310 CH-46D 1967 153959 : BV-107M, c/n 2310, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153959 29Jun6+
2320 CH-46D 1967 153969 : BV-107M, c/n 2320, ff:?; del BuWepsRep FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153969 25Ju+
2330 CH-46D 1967 153979 : BV-107M, c/n 2330, ff:?; accepted BuWepsRep FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153979+
2351 CH-46D 1967 154000 : BV-107M, c/n 2351, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 154000 +
2361 CH-46D 1967 154010 : BV-107M, c/n 2361, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, Morton, PA as CH-46D 154010, 1+
2367 CH-46D 1967 154016 : BV-107M, c/n 2367, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, Morton, PA as CH-46D 154016, 2+
2382 CH-46D 1967 154031 : BV-107M, c/n 2382, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 15403+
2383 CH-46D 1967 154032 : BV-107M, c/n 2383, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 15403+
2384 CH-46D 1967 154033 : BV-107M, c/n 2384, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 15403+
2386 CH-46D 1967 154035 : BV-107M, c/n 2386, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 15403+
2387 CH-46D 1967 154036 : BV-107M, c/n 2387, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 15403+
2417 CH-46D 1968 154810 : BV-107M, c/n 2417, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 15481+
2424 CH-46D 1968 154817 : BV-107M, c/n 2424, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 15481+
2427 CH-46D 1968 154820 : BV-107M, c/n 2427, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 15482+
2428 CH-46D 1968 154821 : USMC CH-46D d/d 25apr58 BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA ; NAVAIRSYSCOM Meridian,+
2430 CH-46D 1968 154823 : BV-107M, c/n 2430, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 15482+
2432 CH-46D 1968 154825 : BV-107M, c/n 2432, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 15482+
2433 CH-46D 1968 154826 : BV-107M, c/n 2433, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 15482+
2439 CH-46D 1968 154832 : BV-107M, c/n 2439, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 15483+
2443 CH-46D 1968 154836 : BV-107M, c/n 2443, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 15483+
53 serials found for HC-3


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