usa Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 33

US Navy

HSL-33 Seasnakes
United States Naval Aviation

1973 to 1994    

Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 33
HELANTISUBRONLIGHT 33, tail code TF, flew the SH-2F Seasprite

1980, Paul Aster, Plane Captain HAL 33
1985-1988, I served airefram shop, was a cdi and corrosion control supervisor. Amh2 moore and I went on many detachments with theses a/c I also was an lee for all my detachments. Smooth flying a/c if ever there was one.
1986-1989, I served in the AE shop. I was a Plane Captain, CDI, night shift supervisor of AE shop. I'm AE2 Jon M. Dishaw and was forward deployed to Atsugi Japan det. 4C. This was the best aircraft and command that I served in and enjoyed flying in the whenever I got the chance. I also was the senior AE for the Ready Det for many months and had one of the best officers I've ever known or had the privilege to serve under. At that time, he just made Lt. Commander, LCDR Mark A. Storch, I'd fly to hell and back with him again.
1988-1992, I showed up at Snake Town on July 88, with a group of young AW's from Moffet field. We had all been slated for P3 duty out of A school. It turned out the Navy had to many P3 candidates and needed more lamps crewmen. None of us were SAR swimmers, although almost all of us eventually did become such. I was one of the rare dry crewmen. I could swim all day but I did not have the 1/2 Olympic swimmer, 1/2 Olympic wrestler ability required to make the cut as a SAR swimmer. I am proud to have served with these brave souls. HSL-33 was head and heels above our sister squadrons. 3 out of the 4 years I was there we took the battle E. From the pilots I flew with to the maintenance personnel I sailed with, I have not known any finer men. I made 11 cruises on 9 different ships. Most were short 1 month or less. My 2 long cruises were DET 6B, to CGN 31 the USS Sterett, and again DET 6 aboard the USS Truxtun. I remember one of the first things the AW shop had all of us young AW's do was look through a photo album full of crash pic's just to give us an idea what we were getting in to. Unfortunately only a few months later reality hit when one of our Detachments lost a bird just outside the Persian gulf. I only knew the crewman AW3 Bill Martini. It is my understanding from an account I got from the H3 crewman that was first on scene to attempt a rescue, that all 3 men made it out of the aircraft alive, but there was to many sharks in the water jump a swimmer. Things like this make me realize that every day we have on this planet must not be taken for granted.

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List of Aircraft for HSL-33
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
19 UH-2A 149015 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 19, ff?; del USN as UH2K-1, 149015 unk; redesig +
21 UH-2A 149017 : Oct82 pictured (bot) as SH-2F type /TF-21 HSL-33 at NAS North Island
26 UH-2A 149022 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 26, ff?; del USN as UH2K-1, 149022 unk; redesig +
27 UH-2A 149023 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 27, ff?; del USN as UH2K-1, 149023 unk; redesig +
63 UH-2A 149761 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 63, ff?; del USN as UH2K-1, 149761 unk; redesig +
: 1977 SH-2F type asg HSL-33
81 UH-2A 149779 : 1977 SH-2F type asg HSL-33
91 UH-2B 150141 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 91, ff?; del USN as HU2K-1U 150141 unk; redesig +
: 1977-78 SH-2F type asg HSL-33
92 UH-2B 150142 : USN HU2K-1U; redesig UH-2B in 1962; HSL-33 /TF-14, unk; w/o 11Mar77
105 UH-2B 150155 : 1977 SH-2F type asg HSL-33
- N8062J : 14apr78-03jan80 SH-2D type to MASDC 8H003 ; Jan80-unk to Kaman at Bloomfi+
107 UH-2B 150157 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 107, ff?; del USN as HU2K-1U 150157 unk; redesig+
121 UH-2B 150171 : 02apr76 pictured on USS Paul F. Foster (DD-964) with HSL-33
: 1977 SH-2F type asg HSL-33
Royal New Zealand Navy NZ3443 : RNZN, SH-2F type, ex BuNo 150171
124 UH-2B 150174 : 1977 SH-2F type asg HSL-33
125 UH-2B 150175 : 1977 SH-2F type asg HSL-33
129 UH-2B 150179 : 1978 SH-2F type asg HSL-33
US Marine Corps 150179 : 1964 to MCAS Yuma from 08oct to 02dec
143 UH-2B 151306 : 1977-78 SH-2F type asg HSL-33
: Aug78-Apr79 as HSL-33 Det.7 /Seasnake TF-20 Indian Ocean and WESTPAC
US Marine Corps 151306 : redesig UH-2B in 1962; xfer MCAS Yuma, 30Jul64 to 19Nov64
159 UH-2B 151322 : 1977 SH-2F type asg HSL-33
163 UH-2B 151326 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 163, ff?; del USN as HU2K-1U 151326 unk; redesig+
: 1974-75 asg HSL-33 Det.10 USS Brewton (FF-1086) and USS Schofield (FFG-3)
: 10dic80 pictured as HSL-33 /HF-10 after crashed in San Diego Harbor
172 UH-2B 151335 : 1977-78 SH-2F type asg HSL-33
225 SH-2F 161914 : USN built as SH-2F; 18apr88 pictured as HSL-33 /TF-22; to AMARC/8H0060
62-062 s-62a 1964 150142 : preserved (try a street view on the map) in seaside resort Strand, South A+

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