usa Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron TWELVE

US Navy

HM-12 Sea Dragons
United States Naval Aviation

1971 to present    

Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron TWELVE US Navy

Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron TWELVE
Sea Dragons established on April 1st, 1971 as the first Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) Squadron in the US Navy.

From an initial complement of 4 CH-53A with personel from HC-6 Det.53 will developed into an entire community of AMCM squadrons: HM-12, HM-14, HM-15, HM-16, HM-18 and HM-19.
As a Fleet Replacement Squadron, trained and qualified 768 pilots, 1,200 aircrew and 11,900 maintenance personnel logging over 75,000 mishap-free flight hours. Decommissioned on September 30, 1994.

Reestablished on October 1, 2015 at Norfolk again as the Mine Countermeasures training squadron intially with 5 MH-53E Sea Dragon from HM-14.

I am a Navy retired PR that was just shy of being a plank owner in HM-12. I deployed with units to NCSL Panama City, Charleston, SC. As well as a two weeker on a in LPD that I dont recall. + Operation End Sweep where we lost the first CH-53, Brickstone 22 on Apr 2, 1973, under tow in Haiphong Harbor. Lost no people, just the Helo. That would be really tough to deal with. My prayers are with all fellow MCMrs and families at this time.
The LPD on the Two Weeker I believe was the "Shreveport". I was on it too. Plus End Sweep. Was on the New Orleans and Tripoli. AZ3 in Maintenance Control. Friends.."Bucky", Bob Mitz, Noe Ortiz, Charles Stickle
My father was plank owner HM12 H.F. Shears was his name. He sure did have fun with y'all all the best A.F. Shears youngest son.
1969-1970 as a member of Service Test Division NAS Nolfolk a group with 2 Ch53s went to Panama City Fla to develop sweep equipment
10may71-06sep74 I served in HC-6 det.53 (HM-12). Released from active duty. Am I a Plank Owner in HM 12? I worked as a plane captain and in Check Crew . Operation End sweep and Operation Nimbus Star Some of who I remember are: E.A.Smith "Smitty" ,Richard Kratz ,Filipovich "Flip" ,Stenstrom "Cookie",BM 1 Stottlemyre, Chief Kutcher? David Sellstrom AMS3 "Tex Sellstrom" Thank you much David Sellstrom
May71-Jan73, I was there. What a great group of guys! I was Ground Support Equipment. When the pressure was on for deployment we all worked together. We didn't really differentiate between shops. I know so many of our shipmates have gone on now. So many were family to me, yet when I left I didn't keep in contact. I regret this. I guess I missed it so much that I enlisted in the USN Reserve. I'll blame it on the Air Force maintenance spaces at Charleston,SC, we loved them ! The AF chow halls, awesome! Sorry guys, I bailed. Enlisted in the AF Reserve. Retired MSGT 2005.
1971-1974, I was in HM-12 as AZAN onboard the USS Dubuque (LPD-8) during operation minesweep. We went to many countries within the area
1972-73, I was a plank owner in HM-12 stationed at NAS Norfolk. I flew aircrew, worked for LCPO James Wheeler as well as worked in AO1 Stottlemeyers shop. Participated in Operation Endsweep off coast of Vietnam. Loved those CH-53's !!! USS New Orleans (LPH-11), was our taxi. One fine ship!.
1972-1975, I served with HM-12 and went to Operation Endsweep in North Vietnam, Haiphong harbour on USS Inchon. Looking for Archie, the music man. the wierd
Jan74-Jul76, I Served as Flight Surgeon, HM-12, NORVA. Deployed to Suez Canal, Operations Nimbus Star and Nimbus Moon, 1974 & 1975 Aboard USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) and USS Inchon (LPH-12)

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Construction Numbers for HM-12 Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
65-355 RH-53D 1972 158682 : Sikorsky S-65C-4, cn65-355, ff:?; del USN as RH-53D 158682, NPRO Rep, 31Oc+
65-356 RH-53D 1972 158683 : USN; 06apr82 pictured as HM-12 /DH-433 over Cape Hatteras, USA; wfu 07may9+
: Sikorsky S-65C-4, cn65-356, ff:?; del USN as RH-53D 158683, NPRO Rep, 31Oc+
65-358 RH-53D 1972 158685 : Sikorsky S-65C-4, cn65-358, ff:?; del USN as RH-53D 158685, NPRO Rep, 30No+
65-359 RH-53D 1972 158686 : Sikorsky S-65C-4, c/n 65-359, ff:?; del USN as RH-53D, 158686, NPRO Rep, 2+
65-366 RH-53D 1973 158693 : Sikorsky S-65C, c/n 65-366, ff:?; acc NPRO Rep Stratford as RH-53D, 158693+
65-370 RH-53D 158747 : US Navy; 1988 RH-53D type HM-12./DH-433
65-375 RH-53D 158752 : USN; HD-16/HM-12; wfu 12apr96
65-454 ch-53e 161533 : US Navy; 1988 CH-53E type HM-12./DH-435
65-455 ch-53e 161534 : US Navy; 1988 CH-53E type HM-12./DH-436
US Marine Corps 161534 : USMC in 2000 /EN-05 HMH-464
65-456 ch-53e 161535 : US Navy; 1984-1987 HM-12; 1987-1994 HC-2;
US Marine Corps 161535 : USMC in 2000 /EH-22 HMM-264
: USMC HMM-264 soc 25feb02
65-462 ch-53e 161541 : US Navy; HM-12 1984-1987; HC-2 1987-1994
US Marine Corps 161541 : USMC in 2000 /EH-21 HMM-264
65-511 mh-53e 162498 : 1989 CH-53E type HM-12./DH-444
65-515 mh-53e 162503 : US Navy; 1989 CH-53E type HM-12./DH-442
US Marine Corps 162503 : USMC; 2000 HMT-302 /UT-42
65-516 mh-53e 162504 : US Navy; 1989 CH-53E type HM-12 /DH-440
US Marine Corps 162504 : USMC; 2000 HMT-302 /UT-43
65-517 mh-53e 162505 : US Navy; 1989 CH-53E type HM-12.DH-441
65-518 mh-53e 162506 : US Navy; 1989 CH-53E type HM-12./DH-443
65-549 mh-53e 163055 : Sep16 as HM-12 /AN-431 at Norfolk, VA
65-562 mh-53e 163067 : Sep16 as HM-12 /AN-432 at Norfolk, VA
65-569 mh-53e 163069 : Sep16 as HM-12 /AN-433 at Norfolk, VA
65-607 mh-53e 164765 : Sep16 as HM-12 /AN-434 at Norfolk, VA
US US Marine Corps
65-363 RH-53D 158690 : Sikorsky S-65C, cn65-363, ff:?; del US Navy as RH-53D, 158690, 28Feb73; as+
21 serials found for HM-12

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