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Helicopter Training Squadron 18
Helicopter Training Squadron 18 (US Navy - insignia).jpg
HT-18 Insignia
Active 1972 - present
Country  United States of America
Branch United States Navy Seal United States Navy
Type Training
Role Training
Size Approximately 290
Garrison/HQ Naval Air Station Whiting Field
Nickname "Vigilant Eagles"
Colors Red, blue, and white
CDR K. Pickard

Helicopter Training Squadron 18 (HT-18) is a United States Navy helicopter training squadron based at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Florida. The squadron, nicknamed the "Vigilant Eagles", is responsible for giving prospective naval aviators their Advanced Helicopter Training. The squadron also provides rotary-wing training and designation to selected members of various allied nations, refresher and transition training to fleet aviators, and indoctrination flights for mid-shipmen, and flight surgeons. HT-18 flies the TH-57 SeaRanger.


Transition student aviators through basic and advanced rotary wing pilot training.


Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHTEEN (HT-18) was organized as the Advanced Helicopter Training Squadron in 1972 to fulfill the increasing requirements for helicopter trained pilots in the expanding helicopter community of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. On October 7, 1985, HT-18 added Primary Helicopter Training to its advanced training syllabus and now provides all facets of helicopter training to Student Naval Aviators.

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