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  • usa Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron THREE

    US Navy

    HSC-3 : Merlins
    United States Naval Aviation

    2005 to present    


    Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron THREE US NavyMH-60S with temporary water based paint scheme for better visibilty in firefighting roles with CALFIRE 2014

    Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron THREE
    Merlins, tail code SA started flying the MH-60S Sea Hawk in 2002 and redesignated from HC-3 on April 2005.

    In 2012, HS-10 decommissioned and most of it transferred to HSC-3. This increased the number of Sailors stationed at HSC-3 from 625 to more than 800, and the number of helicopters from 22 to 32.

    As of 2013, HSC-3 is the largest helicopter Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) in the US Navy, training pilots to fly the MH-60S, SH-60F and the HH-60H.
    HSC-3 formally retired its last HH-60H on 13 May 2019 at NAS North Island.
    On July 12/14, 2020 HSC-3 Seahawks have conducted more than 1,500 helicopter water bucket drops during the USS Bonhomme Richard fire

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    Fire Aboard USS Bonhomme Richard, 13-Jul-20 : #shipfire A fire broke out aboard the US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD6) docked in maintenance at the San Diego naval base. San Diego Fire-Rescue Dept and Harbor Police fire boats assisted in battling the fire

    HSC-3 Reaches 250,000 Class A Mishap-Free Flight Hours, 14-Jun-13 : SAN DIEGO (NNS) By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda Huntoon - Sailors assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3 "Merlins" celebrated reaching 250,000 Class A Mishap-free hours, June 14.


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