usa Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Fifteen

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HS-15 Red Lions
United States Naval Aviation

1971 to 2012    

Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Fifteen US Navy

Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Fifteen
The Red Lions, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FIFTEEN (HS-15) was established on 29 October 1971.
HS-15 completed a deployment aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), 12 January 2010 to 12 April 2010, flying the Sikorsky SH-60F and HH-60H. The area of operations was the Caribbean Sea. HS-15 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17) - tailcode AA. The USS Carl Vinson was assigned to the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group. On 11 August 2011, Commander Gabriel E. Soltero assumed command of HS-15.

On November 2012, HELANTISUBRON 15 transitioned to the MH-60S Seahawk and is redesignated HELSEACOMBATRON 15 ( HSC-15 )

I was at the commissioning of HS-15. We started with only 3 SH-3H helos and slowly recieved 5 more. Once just before deployment on the USS Guam (LPH-9) there was a flood in Penn. and we flew air rescue fom Friday thru Sunday night and never shut down one chopper, we hot refueled and had to meet the ship at sea. At sea we flew anti-sub missions and sea air rescue for marines flying Harriers. Definately a unique vertical take and landing aircraft.
Mid-70s I was an antisubmarine warefare operater crewman and SAR wet crewman in HS-15 at NAS Jax. Was aboard USS Guam, Independence and plank owner on the Nimitz. Had SH-3Hs. I was in one crash. Tailrotor drive shaft seized during a refueling op with USS Luce. They pulled us out of the water and dried us off. Cmdr. McCarty was skipper at the time. Great group.
1982-1985, HS-15 SH-3H pilot. Checked in on a Saturday June 1982 and left 3 days later on 6 month deployment on USS Independence (CV-62) to the Med as an Ensign (Fleet) pilot for 4 of the 6 months! My 2nd deployment with HS-15 on CV-62 was Oct 1983 - only 6 hours out of Norfolk we were turned south for Grenada ops. Skipper CDR Harve Fielding (w/ LCDR Gerry Carroll copilot) received Helicopter Pilot of the Year award for a rescue of 13 Army personnel. We also performed the rescue of the first successful 4-man ejection of an S-3. Straight to Beirut after the Marine Barracks bombing. Gaddafi had threatened to put a torpedo into an American carrier. LCDR Palko and I were ready to drop a live warshot torpedo on an unknown submerged contact closing the carrier but were not given permission to drop. Very close. My third cruise with HS-15 was 84-85 to the IO as an LT. CDR Arnal Cook USNR RET
2015 HS-15 Red Lions on board the USS America (LHA-6)

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HS-15 Officially Transitions to HSC-15, 16-Nov-12 : SAN DIEGO (NNS) by By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jonathan P. Idle, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West - Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 15 officially transitioned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 15 during a ceremony, Nov. 15, at Naval Air Station North Island.


1973/12NAS JacksonvilleKNIP
1971/73NAS LakehurstKNEL

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1992/12s-70 H-60
1971/93s-61 H-3

Construction Numbers for HS-15 Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
61-049 hss-2 148977 : 1989 SH-3H type, asg HS-15 /AE-612
Peruvian Navy HM-494 : Naval, UH-3H type, ex 148977
61-058 hss-2 148986 : US Navy; 1989 SH-3H type HS-15./AE-615
61-101 hss-2 149684 : US Navy; 1989 SH-3H type HS-15./AE-610
61-097 hss-2 149687 : US Navy; 1989 SH-3H type HS-15./AE-611
61-125 hss-2 149708 : 1989 SH-3H type as HS-15 /AE-613
61-187 hss-2 149917 : USN; conv SH-3H; May77 pictured as HS-15 /001 on USS America (CV-66); 199+
Carson Helicopters N350DA : Carson; 2008 Perkasie, Pennsylvania; ex 149917
61-263 hss-2 151550 : US Navy; 1989 SH-3H type HS-15./AE-614
Peruvian Navy HM-493 : Naval, UH-3H type, ex 151550
61-337 sh-3a 152137 : USN; conv SH-3H; 16sep88 pictured as /AE-610 HS-15 USS Forrestal (CV-59) d+
hh-60h 163785 : USN; 11dec11 pictured as /AA-615 HS-15 with USNS Washington Chambers (T-AK+
hh-60h 163794 : USN; HS-15 w/o 07oct04 crashed at Camp Areifjan, Kuwait
70-1798 sh-60f 164609 : US Navy in 1995 HS-15/AA-612
70-1802 sh-60f 164613 : US Navy in 1998 deployed aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-69. /AA-612 H+
: 2004 AA-612/HS-15 USS John F Kennedy (CV-67) Malta; 2010 AG-611/HS-5
70-1803 sh-60f 164614 : USN; 2010 HS-15
70-1807 sh-60f 164618 : US Navy in 1995 HS-15/AA-611
: May94 HS-15 /AA-610 USS Saratoga (CV-60) at Mallorca, Spain; 2010 HS-15; +
70-1848 sh-60f 164802 : 2010 HS-15/AA-612 at Haiti
70-1849 sh-60f 164803 : USN; 11jun11 pictured as HS-15 /AA-613 with USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) durin+
70-2278 hh-60h 164844 : w/o 25oct95/96 or prob in 1998 as HS-15 /AA-614 Persian Gulf
: w/o 25oct96 in Persian Gulf with HS-15
70-2261 hh-60h 165116 : US Navy in 1998 deployed aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-69. /AA-615 H+
70-2290 hh-60h 165257 : USN; 2011 HS-15
70-2292 hh-60h 165259 : March 2010 pictured off the coast of Argentina during Gringo-Gaucho / Sout+
20 serials found for HS-15

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