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Friday, June 1, 2007

Rotorcraft Report: U.S. Navy Squadron Reaches 110,000 Incident-Free Hours


Crews who fly with the U.S. Navy’s Helicopter Anti-Submarine Sqdn. Light 45 (HSL-45) congratulated themselves in April when they reached 110,000 incident-free flight hours in their Sikorsky Aircraft SH-60B Seahawks.

The unit flies 10 Seahawks. It took the squadron 17 years to reach this milestone. Incident-free hours mean there have been no crashes, no injuries to personnel, or damage to the aircraft in flight.

Known as the Wolfpack, the squadron flies Seahawks off the decks of small Navy ships. In addition to training in anti-submarine warfare, the sailors train in medical evacuation, search and rescue, and communications relay. There are 53 pilots assigned to the unit.

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