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|Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven Four|
|Active||June 9, 2011 to present|
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||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|
|Engagements||Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Global War on Terror
|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).
Transition from HSL-44
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.
HSM 74 operates ten MH-60R heliopters in five detachable units. These detachments or dets consist of the carrier element, and combat elements 1, 2, 3, and 4. The carrier element deploys and maintains 3 helicopters while the Combat Elements maintain two each. Each det can work independently of every other det.
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