HS-85 Squadron Patches
History of 85 Golden Gaters
HS-85 was established as Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Eight Five on 1 July 1970 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Alameda, CA. In 1993, HS-85 moved from NAS Alameda to NAS North Island to assume the Target Launch and Target/Torpedo Recovery mission at Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) San Clemente Island, CA. HS-85 became HC-85 on 1 October 1994, reflecting a change in squadron mission from ASW to Combat Support. Click HC-85 to view the squadron patches.
Helicopters have been a vital part our US Naval forces. With the introduction of helicopters the 101st Airborne division started deploying into battle mainly from helicopters as opposed to airplanes. And the helicopter patches are a representation of HS-85 squadron missions and deployments.