HSC-3 Reaches 300,000 Class A Mishap-Free Flight Hours


Story Number: NNS181029-07Release Date: 10/29/2018 11:04:00 AM
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From Commander, Naval Air Forces, Pacific, Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3 “Merlins” celebrated reaching 300,000 Class A Mishap-free hours, October 25.

A Class A mishap is classified as an accident with a destroyed aircraft, damages that exceeds $2 million, loss of life, or permanent total disability.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the Merlin team in accomplishing 300,000 Class A mishap-free flight hours. This accomplishment is truly a testament of the outstanding teamwork and contribution of every Merlin and would not have been possible without a complete all-hands dedicated effort,” said Cmdr. Sean Rocheleau, commanding officer HSC-3.  “From all rates and paygrades, our culture of safety first and by-the-book procedures was vital to the success of the HSC-3 team and there is not one Merlin who was not a contributor to this milestone. I look forward to the continued success of the Mighty Merlins!”

Lt. David Murphy, N7 at HSC-3 mentioned 44 years of flying without a Class A mishap is an outstanding accomplishment.

Helicopter Combat Squadron (HC) 3 was established in 1967. The squadron originally flew the H-46 Sea Knight. The squadron celebrated 50,000 Class A Mishap-free hours in 1981. They started flying the MH-60S Sea Hawk in 2002 and transitioned into HSC-3 in 2005. HSC-3 is currently the largest helicopter Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) in the Navy, training pilots to fly the MH-60S, SH-60F, and the HH-60H.

In 2012, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 10 decommissioned and most of the Sailors from the command transferred to HSC-3 along with many of the helicopters. This increased the number of Sailors stationed at HSC-3 from 625 to more than 800, and the number of helicopters from 22 to 32.

 

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Aviation Electronics Mate Airman Adam Lowery, front, and Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Tyler Humphries, back, conduct routine maintenance on an MH-60S Sea Hawk assigned to the
171104-N-OP638-038 CORONADO, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2017) Aviation Electronics Mate Airman Adam Lowery, front, and Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Tyler Humphries, back, conduct routine maintenance on an MH-60S Sea Hawk assigned to the "Merlins" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3. HSC-3 continuously conducts maintenance and routine checks in order to maintain operational readiness and meet the maritime objectives of the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jesse L. Gonzalez).
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