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Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Three
HSC-23 Wildcards Insignia
Active September 29, 2006 - present
Country  United States of America
Branch United States Navy Seal United States Navy
Type US Navy HSC Expeditionary Squadron
Size 250+ Personnel
Garrison/HQ NAS North Island
Nickname "Wildcards"
Commander Jennifer K. Wilderman

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Three (HSC-23), also known as the "Wildcards", are a United States Navy helicopter squadron based at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California. The "Wildcards" currently fly the MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter. HSC-23 is the sister squadron of the HSC-21 "Blackjacks" stationed at Naval Air Station North Island.

Command History[edit]

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 was established on September 29, 2006 at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California.[1]

Command Emblem[edit]

From the command website: "Within the traditional 5-card hand on the squadron logo, the "suicide king", "one-eyed jack", and the "deuce of clubs" represent the standard wildcards used in many card games. The Ace of spades is of course the strongest natural card in any deck. And the joker in the foreground shows our unique "WC" as the third wildcard in the royal flush shown on our patch. The guns are 1851 Navy Colt revolvers famous for their dependability and accuracy, and they are a symbol of the fire-power the armed helo brings to the table and the strike capability it provides the fleet. Throughout history the Navy Colt revolver has been used in many battles and by many great heroes. The Wildcards stand up as a new squadron that has not forgotten the past. We acknowledge the success of or predecessors and what they have accomplished. We intended to go forward learning from history and forging a new and brighter future."


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