|Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Three|
HSC-23 Wildcards Insignia
|Active||September 29, 2006 - present|
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Navy|
|Type||US Navy HSC Expeditionary Squadron|
|Garrison/HQ||NAS North Island|
|Motto||WILDCARDS NEVER FOLD!|
|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.
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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