|Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR NINE (HSL-49)|
HSL-49 Scorpions Insignia
|Active||March 23, 1990 - present|
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Navy|
|Role||Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW), Search and Rescue (SAR), Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP), Communications Relay (COMREL), and Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS).|
|Garrison/HQ||NAS North Island|
|Motto||Excellence in all we do.|
|Equipment||SH-60B Seahawk (Sikorsky Aircraft)|
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR NINE (HSL-49) is a United States Navy Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) helicopter squadron based in San Diego, California.
The Scorpions of HSL-49 are an operational fleet squadron based at NAS North Island. Their tailcode is TX and their radio callsign is "Red Stinger". The squadron provides combat-ready pilots, aircrewmen, technicians, and aircraft to Pacific Fleet warships. The squadron operates the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter (SH-60 Seahawk).
HSL-49 was established on March 23, 1990 as the U.S. Navy transitioned the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light community from the SH-2 Seasprite to the SH-60B Seahawk. The Scorpions first deployed in November 1990 with Detachment ONE embarked in USS FORD (FFG 54).
The squadron - then and now - deploys its personnel and aircraft in an expeditionary model. Detachments are led by an Officer-in-Charge, normally a Lieutenant Commander, and typically deploy with one or two helicopters, and a complement of pilots, Naval Aircrewmen, mechanics and technicians.
Detachments embark Arleigh Burke class destroyers, Ticonderoga class cruisers, and Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates in support of Carrier Strike Groups (CSG), Surface Action Groups (SAG), or independent deployed operations. Recent deployed detachments have engaged in missions ranging from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), counter-piracy, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR), and Counter-Illicit Trafficking.
Crews from HSL-49 operate the SH−60B Seahawk, a helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft and equipped with two front-drive T700−GE−401C turboshaft engines manufactured by the General Electric Company. The helicopter has fixed landing gear, an external cargo hook, a rescue hoist, and bomb racks for carrying and launching external stores. In addition, it is equipped with a sonobuoy launch system, a Helicopter In−Flight Refueling (HIFR) system, and the necessary avionics and instrumentation for instrument flight and mission accomplishment. The helicopter can operate from a variety of naval ships.
HSL-49 will eventually transition to the MH-60R variant of the Seahawk.
The SH−60B LAMPS MK III helicopter was designed to meet the requirements of the U.S. Navy's sea control mission. Its systems enable it to engage threats ranging from hostile submarines to missile−equipped surface ships. The aircraft's systems extend the search and attack capabilities of configured destroyers, frigates, and cruisers.
In an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) role, Scorpion aircrews use radar, Electronic Support Measures (ESM), Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD), sonobuoys, and ship sensors to localize, classify, track, and if necessary attack when a submarine has been detected. Aircraft can be equipped with various different torpedoes for the mission.
In an Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) role, Scorpion aircrews observe, identify, and localize threat platforms using radar, ESM, and FLIR. When a suspected threat is detected, data can be provided to the parent ship for surface−to−surface weapon engagement. Aircraft equipped with Hellfire missiles (AGM-114) may conduct independent or coordinated attacks. The SH-60B can also be equipped with the GAU-16/A (.50 caliber) and M240D (7.62 mm) crew served machine guns.
Vertical Replenishment - In the VERTREP mission, the aircraft is able to transfer material between ships, or between ship and shore.
Search and Rescue - In the SAR mission, the aircraft is designed to search for and locate a particular target/object/ship or plane and to rescue personnel using the rescue hoist.
Medical Evacuation - In the MEDEVAC mission, the aircraft provides for the medical evacuation of patients.
Communications Relay - In the COMREL mission, the aircraft relays communications between units.
Naval Surface Fire Support - In the NSFS mission, the aircraft provides a platform for spotting and controlling naval gunfire from surface ships.
|1995||Meritorious Unit Commendation|
|1995||Sikorsky Award (Most improved maintenance)|
|1995||COMHSLWINGPAC Top Torpedo Award (Outstanding ASW ordnance precision)|
|1996||Arnold J. Isbell Trophy (ASW excellence)|
|1999||CNO Aviation Safety Award|
|2001||COMHSLWINGPAC Top Torpedo Award|
|2002||Lockheed Martin COMHSLWINGPAC Maintenance Award|
|2003||Secretary of Defense Maintenance Award|
|2004||COMHSLWINGPAC Top Torpedo Award|
|2004||Sikorsky Aircraft Maintenance Award ("Golden Wrench")|
|2008||Arnold J. Isbell Trophy|
|2008||CNO Aviation Safety Award|
|2009||Department of the Navy Safety Excellence Award|
|2009||CNO Aviation Safety Award|
|2010||CNO Aviation Safety Award|
|2011||CNO Aviation Safety Award|
|2013||Sikorsky Aircraft Maintenance Award ("Golden Wrench")|
|2013||CNO Aviation Safety Award|
|2014||Department of the Navy Safety Excellence Award|
|CDR Jason E. Rimmer||21 Nov 2013–Present|
|CDR William R. Sherrod||16 Aug 2012 - 21 Nov 2013|
|CDR Jason A. Burns||11 May 2011 - 16 Aug 2012|
|CDR John J. Barry III||25 Feb 2010 - 11 May 2011|
|CDR Chris M. Mills||20 Nov 2008 - 25 Feb 2010|
|CDR Brian W. Frazier||23 Aug 2007 - 20 Nov 2008|
|CDR Clayton L. Conley||22 Jun 2006 – 23 Aug 2007|
|CDR David A. Lemek||7 Apr 2005 – 22 Jun 2006|
|CDR Jeffrey M. Bocchicchio||22 Jan 2004 – 7 Apr 2005|
|CDR Alexander V. Sharp||3 Oct 2002 – 22 Jan 2004|
|CDR Frederick T. Blanchard||28 Jun 2001 – 3 Oct 2002|
|CDR William P. Cuilik||16 Mar 2000 – 28 Jun 2001|
|CDR Joseph S. Lyon III||7 Oct 1998 – 16 Mar 2000|
|CDR Gary T. Cooper||5 Jun 1997 – 7 Oct 1998|
|CDR Gary R. Leaman||18 Apr 1996 – 5 Jun 1997|
|CDR Paul M. Pietsch||16 Feb 1995 – 18 Apr 1996|
|CDR Zachary A. Henry, Jr.||9 Dec 1993 – 16 Feb 1995|
|CDR William R. Farawell||3 Sept 1992 – 9 Dec 1993|
|CDR Daniel S. Zazworsky||15 Aug 1991 – 3 Sep 1992|
|CDR Larry E. Larson||20 Mar 1990 – 15 Aug 1991|
Command Master Chiefs
- Naval aviation
- List of military aircraft of the United States (naval) / List of US Naval aircraft
- United States Naval Aviator
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- List of United States Navy aircraft squadrons
- List of Inactive United States Navy aircraft squadrons
- HSL-49 Scorpions Past and Present Facebook page
- NATOPS Flight Manual Navy Model SH-60B Helicopter, A1-H60BB-NFM-000, 1 June 2012. (Unclassified, for official use (FOUO) or administrative, or operational purposes only. Requests for the document shall be referred to the Commander, Naval Air Systems Command (PMA-299), 47123 Buse Road, Bldg 2272, Patuxent River, MD, 20670-1547.)
- The Naval Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet. Norman Polmar. U.S. Naval Institute, 2005.
- HSL-49 Scorpions Website
- Naval Historical Center Website for HSL Squadron Insignia