HSL-40 Squadron Patches

History of HSL-40 Airwolves

Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 40, based at Naval Station, Mayport, Florida, was established 4 October 1985 to serve Naval Station Mayport’s newly formed Helicopter Sea Control Wing THREE (now Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet). The mission of HSL-40 is to provide quality training to fleet replacement pilots and aircrew so they may ‘fight and win at sea’. On 1 November 2009, Helicopter AntiSubmarine Squadron Light FORTY (HSL-40) was redesignated Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron FORTY ( HSM-40 )

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. An the helicopter patches are a representation of HSL-40 / HSM-40 squadron missions and deployments.