USN Helicopter Squadron Lineage List

The following is a list of current/former Navy Helicopter squadrons, Training Command squadrons (related to helicopter training), and other Navy squadrons with assigned helicopters. Click on each link (below) to go to each list: 

HAL | HC | HCS | HM | HS | HSC | HSL | HSM | HT | HU | HUQ | VC | VT | Amphibious Assault | NAS South Weymouth

Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron (Designation no longer in use)

Squadron Designation Date of Change
HAL-3 Seawolves  HAL-3 Established in Vietnam | HAL-3 Disestablished in Vietnam   01MAY66-16MAR72
HAL-4 Red Wolves (RES)  (Click HSC-84 to view lineage history)  01Jul1976 01Oct1989
HAL-5 Blue Hawks (RES)  (Click HCS-5 to view lineage history)  01Mar1977 01Oct1988


Helicopter Combat Support Squadron
(Designation no longer in use)

Squadron Designation Date of Change
HC-1 Fleet Angels HU-1 Established
HU-1 Designated to HC-1
HC-1 Disestablished
01APR48
01JUL65
29APR94
HC-2 Fleet Angels (Click HSC-2 to view lineage history)  01Jul1965 24Aug2005
HC-3 Pack Rats (Click HSC-3 to view lineage history)  01Sep1967 31Oct2005
 HC-4 Black Stallions (Click HSL-30 to view lineage history)
HC-4 Established/Disestablished
06MAY83-30SEP07

HC-5 Arch Angels

HC-5 Providers

(Click HSL-31 to view lineage history)

(Click HSC-25 to view lineage history)

 
HC-6 Chargers (Click HSC-26 to view lineage history)  
HC-7 Sea Devils HC-7 Established / Disestablished 01SEP67-30JUN75
HC-8 Dragon Whales (Click HSC-28 to view lineage history)  
HC-9 Black Cats HC-9 Established / Disestablished unknown-31JUL90
HC-11 Gunbearers (Click HSC-21 to view lineage history)  
HC-16 Bull Frogs HCT-16 Established
HCT-16 Redesignated to HC-16
HC-16 Disestablished
 
HCT-16 Bull Frogs (Click HC-16 to view lineage history)
HC-85 (RES) Golden Gators  (Click HSC-85 to view lineage history)  

 

Helicopter Combat Special Support Squadron (Designation no longer in use)

Squadron Designation Date of Change
 HCS-4 Red Wolves(RES)  (Click HSC-84 to view lineage history)  
 HCS-5 Firehawks(RES) HAL-5 Established
HAL-5 Redesignated to HCS-5
HCS-5 Disestablished
01MAR77
01OCT88
31DEC06

 

Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron

Squadron Designation Date of Change
HM-12 Sea Dragons HM-12 Established
HM-12 Redesignated to ASWTS
AWSTS Redesignated to HM-12
01APR71
01OCT88
01OCT15
HM-14 Vanguard HM-14 Established 12MAY78
HM-15 Blackhawks HM-15  Established 01JAN87
HM-16 Seahawks HM-16 Established/Disestablished 01OCT78-01JAN87
HM-18 Norsemen (RES) HM-18 Established / Disestablished 14OCT86-04MAR95
HM-19 Goldenbears (RES) HM-19 Established / Disestablished 09JAN89-04MAR95

 

Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Designation no longer in use)

01S18Jun1957 01ju

18Jun1957 01Jun2016

Squadron Designation Date of Change
HS-1 Sea Horses HS-1 Established / Disestablished 01OCT51 / 29MAY97
HS-2 Golden Falcons (Click HSC-12 to view lineage history) 07Mar1952 01Jan2009
HS-3 Tridents (Click HSC-9 to view lineage history)  18Jun1952 01Jun2009
HS-4 Black Knights (Click HSC-4 to view lineage history)  30Jun1952 01Jan2012
HS-5 Night Dippers (Click HSC-5 to view lineage history)  03Jan1956 28Feb2009
HS-6 Indians (Click HSC-6 to view lineage history)  01Jun1956 01Jun2011
HS-7 Big Dippers (’56)
HS-7 Shamrocks (’71)
HS-7 Dusty Dogs (’95)
(Click HSC-7 to view lineage history)  15Dec1969 15Apr2007
HS-8 Eight Ballers (Click HSC-8 to view lineage history)  01Jun1956 01Apr2007
HS-9 Sea Griffins HS-9 Established / Disestablished
HS-9 Re-established / Disestablished
01JUN56-01OCT
01JUN76-30APR93

HS-10 Taskmasters (1960-1990)

HS-10 Warhawks (1990-2012)

HS-10 Established / Disestablished 30JUN60-12JUL12
HS-11 Dragon Slayers (Click HSC-11 to view lineage history)  
HS-12 Wyverns HS-12 Established / Disestablished 01JUL77-30NOV84
HS-14 Chargers (Click HSC-14 to view lineage history)  
HS-15 Red Lions (Click HSC-15 to view lineage history)  
HS-16 HS-16 Established / Disestablished 01SEP86-01JUN88
HS-17 Neptune’s Raiders HS-17 Established / Disestablished 01APR84-30JUN91
HS-74 Big Mothers / Minutemen (RES) (Click HSL-74 to view lineage history)  
HS-75 Emerald Knights (RES) HS-75 Established/Disestablished 01JUN70-01APR07
HS-85 Thunderbolts (RES) (Click HSL-84 to view lineage history)  

 

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron

Squadron Designation Date of Change
HSC-2 Fleet Angels VX-3 Established / Redesignated to HU-2
HU-2 Redesignated to HC-2 / HC-2 Disestablished
HC-2 Reestablished / Redesignated to HSC-2
01JUL46-01APR48
01JUL65-30SEP77
01APR87-24AUG05
HSC-3 Merlins HC-3 Established / Redesignated to HSC-3 01SEP67-31OCT05
HSC-4 Black Knights HS-4 Established/ Redesignated to HSC-4 30JUN52-01JAN12
HSC-5Nightdippers HS-5 Established/ Redesignated to HSC-5 03JAN56-28FEB09
HSC-6 Indians HS-6 Established / Redesignated to HSC-6 01JUN56-01JUN11
HSC-7 Dusty Dogs HS-7 Established / Redesignated to HSC-7 15DEC69-15APR11
HSC-8 Eightballers HS-8 Established / Redesignated to HSC-8 01JUN56-01APR07
HSC-9 Tridents HS-9 Established / Redesignated to HSC-9 18JUN52-01JUN16
HSC-11 Dragonslayers HS-11 Established / Redesignated to HSC-11 27JUN57-01JUN16
HSC-12 Golden Falcons HS-2 Established / Redesignated to HSC-12 Est Unk-01JAN09
HSC-14 Chargers HS-14 Established/Redesignated to HSC-14 10JUL84-01FEB13
HSC-15 Red Lions HS-15 Established / Redesignated to HSC-15 29OCT71-01JUL12
HSC-21 Blackjacks HC-11 Established / Redesignated to HSC-21 01OCT77-07NOV05
HSC-22 Sea Knights HSC-22 Established 29SEP06
HSC-23 Wildcards HSC-23 Established 29SEP06
HSC-25 Island Knights HC-5 Established / Redesignated to HSC-25 03FEB84-13MAY05
HSC-26 Chargers HC-6 Established / Redesignated to HSC-26 03FEB84-13MAY05
HSC-28 Dragon Whales HC-8 Established / Redesignated to HSC-28 03DEC84-13MAY05
HSC-84 Red Wolves (RES) HAL-4 Established/ Redesignated to HCS-4
HCS-4 Redesignated to HSC-84/HSC-84 Distablished
01JUL76-01OCT89
01OCT06-01MAR16
HSC-85 Firehawks (RES) HS-85 Established/ Redesignated to HC-85
HC-85 Redesignated to HSC-85
01JUL70-01OCT94
08FEB06

 

Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light)

Squadron Designation Date of Change
 HSL-30 Neptune’s Horsemen HU-4 Established/Redesignated to HC-4
HC-4 Redesignated to HSL-30
HSL-30 Disestablished
01JUL1960-01JUL65
01MAY71
30SEP93
HSL-31 Arch Angels HC-5 Established / Redesignated to HSL-31
HSL-30 Disestablished
01SEP1967-01MAR72
31JUL91
HSL-32 Invaders HSL-32 Established / Disestablished 01OCT85-31JAN94
HSL-34 Green Checkers HSL-34 Established / Disestablished 01OCT85-31APR94
HSL-35 Magicians HSL-35 Established / Disestablished 01OCT85-04DEC92
HSL-36 Lamplighters HSL-36 Established / Disestablished 01OCT85-30SEP92
HSL-37 Easy Riders (Click HSM-37 to view lineage history)  03Jul1975 01Oct2013
HSL-40 Air Wolves (Click HSM-40 to view lineage history)  04Oct1985 01Nov2009
HSL-41 Seahawks (Click HSM-41 to view lineage history)  21Jan1983 08Dec2005
HSL-42 Proud Warriors (Click HSM-72 to view lineage history)  
HSL-43 Battle Cats (Click HSM-73 to view lineage history)  
HSL-44 Swamp Fox (Click HSM-74 to view lineage history)  
HSL-45 Wolf Pack (Click HSM-75 to view lineage history)  
HSL-46 Grand Masters (Click HSM-46 to view lineage history)  07Apr1988 01Apri2014
HSL-47 Saberhawks (Click HSM-77 to view lineage history)  
HSL-48 Vipers (Click HSM-48 to view lineage history)  07Sep1989 01Apr2014
HSL-49 Scopions (Click HSM-49 to view lineage history)  23Mar1990 01Apr2015
HSL-51 Warloads (Click HSM-51 to view lineage history)  01Oct1991 01Feb2013
HSL-60 Jaguars (Click HSM-60 to view lineage history)  01Apr2001 01Ju2015
HSL-74 Demon Elves (RES) HS-74 Established/Redesignated to HSL-74
HSL-74 Disestablished
01JUL70-01JAN85
01APR94
HSL-84 Thunderbolts (RES)
HS-84 Established* (HS-771/772/773 combined to form HS-84)
Redesignated to HSL-84
HSL-84 Disestablished

01JUL70

01MAR84
30JUN01

HSL-94 Titans (RES) HSL-94 Established/Disestablished 01OCT85-01APR01

 

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 

Squadron Designation Date of Change
HSM-35 Magicians Established as HSM-35 01JUL12
HSM-37 Easy Riders HSL-37 Established/Redesignated to HSM-37 03JUL75-01OCT13
HSM-40 Air Wolves HSL-40 Established/Redesignated to HSM-40 04OCT85-01NOV09
HSM-41 Seahawks HSL-41 Established/Redesignated to HSM-41 21JAN83-08DEC05
HSM-46 Grandmasters HSL-46 Established/Redesignated to HSM-46 07APR88-01MAR12
HSM-48 Vipers HSL-48 Established/Redesignated to HSM-48 07SEP89-01APR14
HSM-49 Spartans HSL-49 Established/Redesignated to HSM-49 23MAR90-01APR15
HSM-51 Warlords HSL-51 Established/Redesignated to HSM-51 01OCT91-07FEB13
HSM-60 Jaguars (RES) HSL-60 Established/Redesignated to HSM-60 01APR01-01JUL15
HSM-70 Spartans Established as HSM-70 12FEB09
HSM-71 Raptors Established as HSM-71 04OCT07
HSM-72 Proud Warriors HSL-42 Established/Redesignated to HSM-72 05OCT84-01FEB12
HSM-73 Battle Cats HSL-43 Established/Redesignated to HSM-73 05OCT84-01FEB12
HSM-74 Swamp Fox HSL-44 Established/Redesignated to HSM-74 21AUG86-09JUN11
HSM-75 Wolf Pack HSL-45 Established/Redesignated to HSM-75 03OCT86-15FEB11
HSM-77 Saberhawks HSL-47 Established/Redesignated to HSM-77 25SEP87-01FEB09
HSM-78 Blue Hawks Established as HSM-78 01MAR12
HSM-79 Griffins Established as HSM-79 02JUN16

Helicopter Training Squadron 

Squadron Designation Date of Change
HT-8 Eightballers HTU-1 Established/Redesignated to HTG-1
HTG-1 Redesignated to HT-8
03DEC50-01MAR57
01JUL60
HT-18 Vigilant Eagles HT-18 Established 01MAR72
HT-28 Hellions HT-28 Established 01NOV06

Helicopter Utility Squadron 

Squadron Designation Date of Change
HU-1 Midnighters or Fleet Angels (Click HC-1 to view lineage history)  
HU-2 Fleet Angels (Click HSC-2 to view lineage history)  
HU-4 (Click HSL-30 to view lineage history)  

 

Helicopter Unmmaned Squadron 

Squadron Designation Date of Change
HUQ-1 HUQ-1 Established 01OCT12

 

Fleet Composite Squadron(Designation no longer in use)

Squadron Designation Date of Change
VC-1 Blue Alii VJ-1B Established/Redesignated to VU-1
Redesignated to VU-7A
Redesignated to VU-1
Redesignated to VC-1
VC-1 Disestablished
05OCT25-15NOV46
20APR49
20JUL51
01JUL65
30SEP92
VC-2 Blue Falcons VU-2 Established/Redesignated to VC-2
VC-2 Disestablished
18JAN52-01JUL65
30SEP80
VC-3 Iron Men   20MAY49-01JUL56
     
VC-5 Checkertails VU-5 Established/Redesignated to VC-5
VC-5 Disestablished
15OCT46-01JUL65
31AUG92
VC-6 Skeeters VU-6 Established/Redesignated to VC-6
VC-6 Disestablished
01MAR52-01JUL65
30JUN08

 

Training Squadron

Squadron Designation Date of Change
 VT-2 Doerbirds  BTG-2 Redesignated VT-2  01MAY60
 VT-3 Red Knights  BTG-3 Redesignated VT-3  01MAY60
 VT-6 Shooters  Multi-Engine Training Group, Whiting Field
Redesignated VT-6
01MAY60
VT-27 Boomers ATU-402 Redesignated VT-27 01JUL60
VT-28 Rangers ATU-611 Redesignated VT-28  

 

Amphibious Assault

Squadron Designation Date of Change
 HMX-1 Marine One
Nighthawks (OPTEVFOR)
HMX-1 Established (amphib dev)
Presidential Support added
01DEC47-SEP57
 HX-21 Blackjack Established as Naval Rotary Wing Aircraft Test Squadron
HX-21 Established
21JUL95
01MAY02
 VX-1 Warlocks Established as Aircraft Experimental & Developmental Squadron
Redesignated ASDEVLANT
ASDEVLANT Redesignated VX-1 (XB/JB)
13AUG42
01APR43
15MAR46
 VX-2 XVJ-25 Established/Redesignated to VJ-20
Redesignated to VJ-20
Redesignated to VX-2 (XB/JB)
VC-1 Disestablished
16JUN45
07MAR46
15MAR46
1958
 VX-3 VX-3 Established (Helo Tng)/Disestablished (see HSC-2)
VX-3 (XC/JC) Re-established (Jet)
VX-3 Disestablished
01JUL46-01APR
20NOV1948
01MAR60
 VX-4 Evaluators  VP-51 Established / Redesignated VB-101
VB-101 Redesignated VFB101
Redesignated VX-4 (XD) (AEW Dev)
VX-4 Disestablished (Redesignated VW-2)
VX-4 (XF) Re-established / Disestablished
01JUN41-01MAR43
01OCT44
15MAY46
JUN52
15SEP52-30SEP94
 VX-5 Vampires VX-5 (XE) Established / Disestablished 18JUN51-29APR94
VX-6 (VXE-6)
Puckered Penguins
VX-6 Established / Redesignated VXE-6
VXE-6 Disestablished
17JAN55-01JAN69
27MAR99
VX-8 (VXE-8)
Travelers
Established as Oceangraphic World Airborne Survey Unit
Redesignated VXN-8
Disestablished VXN-8
01JUL65-01JUL67
01JAN69
01OCT93
 VX-9 Vampires VX-9 (XE) Established 30SEP94

 

NAS South Weymouth

1970 Naval Air Reserve Training Command transitions to the “Reserve Force Concept.” Two VS and VA squadrons are disestablished and reorganized as HS-74
1972 NAS Quonset Point closes, bringing HS-74 onboard NAS South Weymouth
1985 HS-74 is redesignated as HSL-74
1994 HSL-74 disestablished in March
HS-1001
HS-1191
HS-1197
1974-1977
1977-
1980-1984
formerly RTU-74
formerly HS-1001
formerly HS-1191
HS-1001
HS-3291
1977-1978 formerly HS-1101
HS-5Z3  1970  
HS-74
HSL-74
1973-1985
1985-1994
moved from NAS Quonset Pt
replaced HS-74
HU-911
HS-911
HS-62Z1
HS-70Z1
1953-1958
1958-1958
1968-1969
1969-1970
formerly HU-911
formerly HS-911
formerly HS-62Z1
HU-912
HS-912
HS-62Z2
HS-66Z2
1956-1958
1958-1959
1968-1969
1969-1970
formerly HU-912
formerly HS-912
formerly HS-62Z2
HS-913 1958-59