usa Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FIVE

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HS-5 Nightdippers
United States Naval Aviation

1956 to 2013    





Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FIVE
Established January 3rd, 1956, Nightdippers were scheduled to be redesignated Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron ( HSC-5 ) in 2009 when transition to the MH-60S Seahawk.

As of 2012, they still flew the SH-60F and HH-60H and assigned to CVW-7 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)

Nightdippers became HSC-5 on January 2014



1959, I joined HS-5, Key West, FL. Moved to Quonset Point after tours on USS Tarawa and USS Wasp then Lake Champlain. Aviation Metal Smith 2nd Class
1961, I joined HS-5, it was home ported at Quonset Point RI with a squadron of 30 H-34 sonar dipping gear Helocraft. At that time the USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) was our duty ship. Our mission was a part of task force which tracked USSR submarines in the North Atlantic which were usually home ported in Polionay, Russia. They had to come out to the Atlantic through the North Sea. Cruises were nine weeks to six months in duration. Most notable of those missions was the recovery ship for the first manned space flight when Commander Alan B. Sheppard, USN, road the first manned rocket in a Mercury 7 capsule down range from Cape Canaveral. On station, night dipping at night was particular dangerous on overcast nights with no discernable horizon. It wasn't until the SH3-A Sea King with twin jet engines arrived that new computerized IFR that HS-5 could truly become an all weather, 24/7/365 operational sub detecting unit.
1973-1976, I was a Naval Aviator assigned to HS-5. In February 1974, (not 1976) HS-5 transfered from Quonset Point (not Quonset State) Rhode Island to Jacksonville, Florida. During that period HS-5 deployed aboard the USS Independence, CV-62, flying the SH-3H model helicopter. Jerry L. Meyer, CDR, USNR Retired

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YearsLocationICAO/FAA
2010/13NAS NorfolkKNGU
1974/10NAS JacksonvilleKNIP
1959/74Quonset StateKOQU
1956/59NAS Key WestKNQX

Models

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YearsModels
1995/13s-70 H-60
1964/95s-61 H-3
1957/64s-58 H-34
1956/57s-55 H-19

List of aircraft

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List of Aircraft for HS-5
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
58-212 hss-1 1956 141578 : Sikorsky HSS-1, cn 58-212, ff:?; del USN as HSS-1, 141578, 12Feb56; w/o as+
61-021 hss-2 148043 : 04+05jun94 SH-3H type HS-5 ./AG-614 embarked USS George Washington (CVN-73+
US Marine Corps 148043 : 1973-1974 SH-3G type pictured (top) as HMX-1 /MX-15 at MCAS Quantico
61-097 hss-2 149687 : 04+05jun94 SH-3H type HS-5 ./AG-610 embarked USS George Washington CVN-73
61-128 hss-2 149711 : 04+05jun94 SH-3H type HS-5 ./AG-615 embarked USS George Washington CVN-73
61-162 hss-2 149727 : USN; conv SH-3H; 1988 pictured on low-cammo as /AJ-614 HS-5 USS Dwight D. +
Carson Helicopters - : Carson; ex 149727
61-188 hss-2 149918 : 1968 pictured SH-3D type HS-5 /AT-55 as recovery aircraft for Apollo 7 mis+
61-296 sh-3a 152106 : USN; conv SH-3H; HS-5 w/o 07jul80
61-300 sh-3a 152107 : USN; 1967 SH-3A type as /55 with HS-5/CVSG-54 USS Essex (CVS-9) off the N+
61-333 sh-3a 1966 152135 : conv SH-3H; 29sep87 pictured as /AG-612 HS-5 approaching USS Dwight D Eise+
61-452 sh-3d 156506 : 04+05jun94 SH-3H type HS-5 ./AG-613 embarked USS George Washington (CVN-73+
- 156506 : 12jul17 near Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, AZ
70-1579 sh-60f 164099 : US Navy; 2000 as HS-5 /AG611 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
70-1590 sh-60f 164104 : US Navy in 2006 deployed aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-69. AG-611 HS+
70-1845 sh-60f 164799 : US Navy; Mar96 HS-5 /AG-610 aboard USS George Washington
: 2000 HS-5 /AG-610 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69); 2006 still
: 06may10 pictured as HS-5 /AG-610 on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in t+
70-2279 hh-60h 164845 : US Navy in 1995 deployed aboard USS America CV-66 HS-11 /AB-615; 1997 depl+
: 2005 USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) HS-7 /AC-616; 2010 HS-5 /AG-616
70-2287 hh-60h 165123 : US Navy; Mar96 as HS-5 /AG-615 embarked aboard USS George Washington (CVN+
: 27jul10 pictured (bot) as HS-5 /AG-617 training with USN explosive ordnanc+
70-2291 hh-60h 165258 : 2006 as HS-5 /AG-617 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
70-2292 hh-60h 165259 : USN; 2000 as HS-5 /AG-615 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)



Operations


DatesOperation
04-jun-9405-jun-94UK D-Day 50th Anniversary Flypast



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