HSC-25 Detachment 6 returns from deployment
By Lt. j.g. Nicholas Neforas, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 Public Affairs
/ Published May 19, 2015
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- The Navy's Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25) family welcomed home 40 members of its armed helicopter detachment May 11 here after a five-month deployment.
The detachment departed Guam Dec. 8, and reported to Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, for shore-based operations. There, they spent seven weeks completing unit-level training and maintenance in preparation of supporting Commander Task Force 76 (CTF-76) and the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
HSC-25 Detachment 6 arrived aboard USS Bonhomme Richard from Atsugi on Jan. 17 to begin a three-month patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations.
At sea, the crews supported the Air Combat Element, ACE, during amphibious integration training and certification exercise, and Korea Marine Exchange Program.
"The members of HSC-25 successfully integrated three MH-60S helicopters with the ACE," said Navy Lt. Andrew Bradstreet, an HSC-25 search and rescue officer. "We also worked closely with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit while fostering a greater interoperability between the Navy and Marine Corps."
Additionally, Bradstreet said, the teams completed five medical evacuations and transported 500 people and over 1,050 tons of cargo.
"The crew showed impressive professionalism and expertise on this assignment," said Navy Lt. j.g. Jake Dighton, the team's public affairs officer. "The dedication of all 40 crew members ensured the safe, successful completion of over 587 mishap-free flight hours."
The mission of HSC-25, a Navy helicopter detachment based on Andersen AFB, is to conduct anti-surface warfare, special operations, and personnel recovery missions in support of 7th Fleet operations.