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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 Inherent Resolve
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Global War on Terror
|Commanding Officer||CDR Daniel Testa|
|Executive Officer||CDR Nicholas Deleo|
|Command Master Chief||CMDCM (AW/SW/NAC) Cynthia Baker|
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 twelveMH-60R helicopters in four combat elements. These combat elements (or CELs) consist of the carrier element and Detachments 1, 2, and 3. The carrier element deploys and maintains five helicopters while the detachments maintain two each. Each CEL can work independently of every other CEL.
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