1949 - Helicopter Utility Squadron TWO ( HU-2 ) at NAS Lakehurst 1952 - HU-2 Det.1 at NAS Norfolk 1960 - HU-4 Det.1 at NAS Norfolk 1965 - All HU units redesignated Combat Support Squadrons (HC) 1967 - HC-4 Det.1 resedesignated HC-6
1971 - HC-6 Det.53 form HM-12
April 2005 - redesignated to HSC-26 ( Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Six )
From 1987 they flew exclusively the H-46D Sea Knight In 2002 they transitioned to the MH-60S Knighthawk
I was stationed in Norfolk, VA when we were HC-4 Det 97. While I was stationed there the squadron changed to HC-6. I was a AE2 and did a few cruises to the Caribbean. while stationed (TAD) we lost a H34 of the fleet oiler USS Neosho (AO-143). I was also in the Med on the USS Sylvania (AFS-2) with 2 H46. I don't remeber names but there was an ADR1 named Ronny Rogers and our commander was a Lt Cdr named Don Blish. I was an air crew member and did VERTREP from the Sylvania and SAR when in Norfolk. I was a plane captain on the H46 and H34. I wish I remember more but that was a long time ago. Thanks for read my jiberish. Bill Rauer AE2
1966, Went to HC 4 Det Norfolk from Millington as ADJAN. Went on line crew. Became aircrew and flew in 34s, h3's and then 46. Went to Cherry Point 2 different times for training. Went to Med to Det. 97 on the USS Saratoga that ferried 2 new helos. Served about 10 months or so and came back around Christmas. Went in powerplants. Made ADJ2 and stood SAR. Served with Ron Rogers, Mscisz, Markon and others I wish I could remember the names. Got 3 month early out and came home to WV.
1966-1969, I was with the squadron when they changed from HC-3 Det Norfolk to HC-6 out of airframes as a corrosion control inspector for the 34s and as a collateral duty inspector for the CH-46 and made several deoloyments with them. I have an orginal HC-6 patch witch my father helped design when he was the First-Lieutenant officer for the squdron
1966-1970, worked on the VIP crew. We had 2 SH-3A Helicopters too fly the admirals from Norfolk. Later worked in power plant shop. Went on I detachment to Med on USS Seattle (AOE-3). Harris
1967-1969 Jim Tillman aka Tex. AE2/plane Captain, USS Sylvania (AFS 2) my best buddy on cruse was Joe Schuerger AX2
1967-1970, Mike Moore NAS Norfolk, Air Crew, USS Ozark (MCS–2), USS La Sale (LPD-3), Apollo Recovery Mission Training, MCM 1st Crewman, SAR. Airframes H-34, H-46, RH-3A Multiple Deployments. All in all it was a hoot!
1968-1969, Andy Wernosky, AE2. After 18 months at Sigonella, Sicily got orders to HC-6, good squadron, good friends. Made one short cruise on the USS Boxer with an H-34. Got orders to Rosey Roads and “out”. Still remember a couple of guys from our shop, Jim Tillman, Bill Rauer, Alan Siebold. That’s all! “Ski”.
1968-1972, I was assigned to HC-6 at NAS Norfolk. Worked in the maintenance office with Chief Rambo and Commander Bolton. As an AZ3 we handled aircraft logs and records. Received my Aircrew Wings in 1969. I deployed to the Mediterranean aboard the USS Concord (AFS-5) in 1970. Still have great memories from my Navy days and I don't want to forget the friends I made while in HC-6.
1969-1971, I was in HC-6 Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia. CDR John Woodward was my first CO, CDR Beverly Witherspoon was my second CO. One of our Pilots was Lt. Kevin Delaney who flew with HAL-3 in Viet Nam and won every medal other than the Medal of Honor. Later made Admiral. Great squadron. Great fliers. Great sailors all!!! Ralph Sallusti
1970-72, I was in HC6 Squadron for 2 years stationed in Norfolk VA. We took 2 UH-46s on Med tour on the USS Detroit (AOE-4) for 6 months serving the sixth fleet. I was a crew chief. I would love to have this emblem for my jacket. While in Med we escorted Vice President Agnew in Morrocco.
1971-1973 as a AMH2 worked for Chief Petty Office Garbitt as Training Petty Officer in corrosion control department. Best duty station ever...Learned a lot helped with future job a GE Evendale Plant. Got best advice to "Do Every Thing Expected of You,Nothing More Nothing Less".
1972-late 73, I worked at HC-6 at the VIP section of the squadron. We flew the Sikorsky H-3 transporting VIPs and other higher -ups.Ams-3 David Sadorski
1974-1976, Tom Balgenorth AT2 at the time (formerly black shoe FTM) Attached to VIP, then AT shop then ASDO. As an FTM I spent 4 years in the Med aboard the USS Springfield (CLG-7) home ported in Gaeta Italy. Can say after HC-6...secret.
Oct74-Nov76, I was an E3 female yeoman,/personalman wannabe in HC6. I worked in the operations office as a secratary/communications and message boards. Help log in pilot info in the log books. Took care if the confidential and secret boards. Typed stuff for pilots and junior officers. Made lots of coffee and cleaned and painted pipes for a couple of inspections. Spent the first 6 months at HC6 TDY to the chow hall as a mess cook and had the dubious distinction of being the mess cook of the month for 3, or maybe four months. My name when I was there was Patricia Wagner. After August 1976 till end if enlistment I was married and my name than was Patricia Specht. I recall there were good times and good friends. There were 2 helicopter accidents while I was there where we lost enlisted ship mates. One in the Med while a crew was on deployment, and one at PAX river on a routine training flight. I remember very few names of my fellow workers, but I remember 2 of the helicopter pilots. There was a Lt Commander Milk Soldo, i think, and an Ensign Kuntz. Being in the Navy and serving at HC6 was the most awesome thing i did with my life, with the 3xception of raising my two beautiful daughters and now being grandma to my 6 amazing, beautiful, and intelligent grandkids.
1975-1979, AE2 Al Gilchrist. Med cruise USS Seattle (AOE3) Enjoyed the job. Not so much the chain of command.
1975-1977, Justin Smith AD2, worked in Powerplants Division. Med cruise on the USS Concord (AFS-5). Enjoyed my time there and worked with some very good people.
1976-1980, Sal Giardina was in HC-6, did three Med cruises and assisted in the persian gulf during the Iranian hostage crisis aboard the USS San Diego (AFS-6). Was powerplants supervisor and crew chief, re-enlisted in 1980 for orders to HC-16 Pensacola
1977-1979, I was in HC-6, did three med cruises. Was a aviation electrican and crew chief, later on became a natops instructor. Went to work in 1980 at Boeing helicopters ( who made the Sea-Knight) and Im a flight test Inspector there.
1977-1980, served 2 Dets aboard the Butte and Sylvania seen the back end of the helo gone wicked wanda and candy floss with popeye on the stubwing should have stayed in
1978, I was stationed at HC-6 January to March, started and completed FRAMP (Fleet Replacement Aviation Maintenance Program) School. Then went on to my permanent duty station HC-16 at NAS Pensacola.
1978-1981, Jose Henriquez, HC-6 . I also cruised on the San Diego with Sal. We actually wrote a blues song together and perfomed it in Sicily
1978-1981. Steve Smith "Smitty" (AD1): SAR Swimmer, 1st Crewman, NATOPS Instructor, Plane Captain School POIC, ADI, Chief Bottle Washer and Comshaw Artist. Med Cruise USS Seattle; numerous short dets: NATO Operation "Iron Fist" to the N. Atlantic, Caribbean cruises, etc. Got out in 1981; worked at Pax River for four years (Test Pilot School,Rotary Wing Test Directorate) for Dyncorp test flyin while attending college at night to obtain my bachelor's degree. Took an H-46 tech rep job with Boeing in 1984 at various locations, primarily supporting Marine Corps 46 squadrons. Spent two years on Okinawa (The Rock); earned my master's from USC. Left Boeing in the 90s and worked for GE Aircraft Engines, Moog Aircraft Group (F/A-18 Program manager), etc. Retired last year to live the good life on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan.
1978-1981, HC-6 Allen J Bradley (AJ) SAR swimmer , Crewchief, Aviation Electrician ,SAR evaluator Aircrew Training; 1978 HC-3 at NAS North Island, San-Diego CA completed Aircrew training, SAR, SERE, and then was sent to HC-6 in Norfolk; 1978 Detached aboard USS Mt Baker (AE-34); 1979 during Iranian Hostage Crisis at USS San-Diego (AFS-6); 1980 Med cruise with Sal, Jose, and Mark ( remember the Toga Party in Tel Aviv Israel?) and the USS Nassau (LHA-4); 1981 in the Caribbean.
1979, I was assigned to QA. Petty Officer Shirley Oeschler was my leader.
1979-1981, I was in HC-6 as we transitioned from the old hanger to the new hanger over by Whileby Spit side of NAS. I was on Det11 on board the USS Kalamazoo (AOR-6) while the actual move took place. Det11 did a Med/IO cruise Apr/Nov 1980. First HC-6 det to serve in IO and Persian Gulf. Chapman
1979-1982, Dave Allen ENS to LT. Cruised with Det 11 USS Kalamazoo (AOR-6) (LCDR Doyle McClung OIC) Apr/Nov 1980 Med/IO 152563 and 152567 I believe. Cruised with Det 6 USS Seattle (AOE-3) (LCDR Owen McClean OIC) 1981 - again to Med/IO 152563 and I believe 152555. There were about 96 pilots in the squadron at least 22 of which were LCDRs. At least 21 H-46s and something like 4 VH-3s. It was a large squadron for sure.
1979-1982, Richard Elzinga, AMS2 - I was assigned to the "Executive Transportation" division, we had the 4 VH-3 Sea King
1979-1983 Mark Waite AD-3 did two Med cruises was also on the USS San Diego with Sal Giardina. Served has plane captain on #10. What's up Sal? Also did a cruise on the USS Seattle (AOE-3). We crossed the equator but:, did not have time to become shellbacks to busy supplying the fleet and flying supplies into Beirut.
1982 MED-IO, Glenwood Walker was an AE assigned to the USS Butte (AE-27) I was injured while serving as hook-up man during VERT-REP operations. If anyone remembers, please drop a line
1983-1984 Mike Hampton, An / Plane Capt., USS Savannah (AOR-4), Bermuda Triangle, Panama Canal, 1st Det to replenish the SASSY SARAH, Saratoga enroute to Beirute . I worked line Division for PO amh1 Rigney. ( I miss him Dearly ) I.O., Med, My hats off to Maintenance Control- Thanks for raising me, molding me to be a MAN. I should not of done split tour. HC6 is where it is at. I still wear my belt buckle.
News of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron SIX
MH-60S Knighthawk First At-Sea Rescue, 02-Oct-02 : An MH-60S from HC-6 conducting flight deck landing qualifications on USS Winston Churchill (DDG-81) completed first hoist rescue at sea after attending a distress call for a fishing boat