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Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven Four
HSM-74 Squadron Patch.jpg
HSM-74 Insignia
Active June 9, 2011 to present
Country  United States of America
Branch United States Navy Seal United States Navy
Type Navy Helicopter Squadron
Role Surface Warfare (SUW)
Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
Part of Carrier Air Wing Three
Garrison/HQ Naval Air Station Jacksonville
Nickname "Swamp Foxes"
Engagements Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Global War on Terror


  • 2013 Battle Effectiveness Award
  • 2013 Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy
  • 2013 Captain Arnold J. Isbell Trophy
  • 2013 COMHSMWINGLANT Aviation Safety Award
Website http://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/hsm74/Pages/default.aspx
Commanding Officer CDR Matt L. Boren
Executive Officer CDR Teague Laguens
Command Master Chief CMDCM (AW/IDW/SW) Frank Cannizzaro

Helicopter Maritime Strike Seven Four (HSM-74), the "Swamp Foxes", is a United States Navy helicopter squadron based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida. HSM-74 is attached to Carrier Air Wing Three and deploys aboard cruisers, destroyers, frigates, and aircraft carriers in support of a carrier strike group.


The squadron employs the MH-60R multi-mission helicopter. Primary missions include Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (SUW), Command, Control, Communications (CCC), Command and Control Warfare (C2W), Mobility (MOB), and Non-Combat Operations (NCO). Secondary missions consist of Search and Rescue (SAR), Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC), Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP), Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS), and Communications Relay (COMREL).[2]

Transition from HSL-44[edit]

HSM-74 was established on 9 June 2011 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, when the squadron was re-designated HSM-74 from their previous designation of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Four (HSL-44). The change reflected their transition from employing the SH-60B to the MH-60R, as well a from a detachment-based, expeditionary squadron to its realignment in support of a carrier air wing. As part of this transition, then-HSL-44 relocated to NAS Jacksonville from their previous home of Naval Station Mayport in November 2009.

General Information[edit]

HSM-74 operates eleven MH-60R helicopters in five detachable units. These detachments (or dets) consist of the carrier element and Detachments 1, 2, 3, and 4. The carrier element deploys and maintains three helicopters while the detachments maintain two each. Each det can work independently of every other det.

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