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Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven Four
HSM-74 Squadron Patch.jpg
HSM-74 Insignia
Active 21 Aug 1986 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(s) "Swamp Foxes"
Engagements Operation Inherent Resolve
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Global War on Terror



  • FY15 Retention Excellence Award
  • FY14 Retention Excellence Award
  • FY13 Retention Excellence Award
  • FY12 Retention Excellence Award
Website http://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/hsm74/Pages/default.aspx
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. It was established on 21 August 1986 as Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (Light) Forty Four (HSL-44)

Squadron insignia during period of designation as HSL-44


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]

HSL-44 was redesignated HSM-74 on 9 June 2011 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. 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 twelve MH-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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