as HS-10 on 1 July 1960
approved: 2 July 1990
Anti-Submarine Squadron 10 (HS-10), a shore-based unit of Helicopter
Anti-Submarine Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, was commissioned on 30 June
1960 at NALF Imperial Beach, California. HS-10 was relocated to Naval
Air Station North Island, San Diego, California on 23 December 1976.
mission is to indoctrinate and train pilots, aircrew, and maintenance
personnel in carrier based rotary-wing anti-submarine warfare (ASW)
aircraft. Since its commissioning, the squadron has trained more than
2,000 pilot, 2,000 aircrew, and 6,450 maintenance personnel in the
operation, tactics, and maintenance of Sikorsky SH-3 "Sea King"
helicopters. HS-10 closed its chapter on the SH-3H helicopter with more
than 70,000 mishap-free flight hours when the last students completed
in June 1989. The squadron immediately began operations with the Navy's
newest aircraft, the Sikorsky SH-60F "Seahawk," a derivative of the
successful Army UH-60 "Blackhawk." On 1 October 1989, HS-10 assumed the
challenge of being the first SH-60F Fleet Replacement Squadron. In
1990, the long-standing squadron nickname of "Taskmasters" was replaced
with "Warhawks," illustrating the renewed commitment to training the
best and brightest for battle in the newest of "Hawks." Since that time
HS-10 transitioned eight entire fleet HS squadrons in addition to the
normal replacement pilot/aircrew load. Additionally, the Warhawks have
provided training for Navy Helicopter Combat Squadrons (HCS), U.S.
Coast Guard personnel in their initial transition to the HH-60J
"Jayhawks," and pilots from Germany's Naval Air Arm. As of 23 September
1994, with the disestablishment of HS-12 at Naval Air Field Atsugi,
Japan, the "Foxtrot," as the SH-60F has come to be known, has
completely replaced the SH-3H in the Pacific Fleet.
addition to providing training support for numerous organizations,
HS-10 has a secondary role of Search and Rescue. In its 38 year
history, HS-10 has successfully completed more than 100 rescues of both
civilian and military personnel along the coast of Southern California.
development and evaluation has been a natural role for HS-10, as most
of the permanently assigned personnel have significant fleet experience
in the ASW and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) mission areas. This
expertise has been, and will continue to be, instrumental in the
development of SH-60F training plans and tactical procedures for the
fleet's operational carrier battle groups.
armed forces experience a period of downsizing, the capability to
effectively operate in the "joint" and "combined" areas is even more
critical. To this end, HS-10 continues to forge ahead with exchange
instructor pilots from the U.S. Air Force, Canada, Australia, and
Warhawks' ability to train students in a variety of critical mission
areas, including ASW, CSAR, and logistical support, will continue to
provide the flexibility to meet the challenges and requirements of the
U.S. Navy well into the twenty-first century.