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Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 “Raptors”


Currently attached to Carrier Air Wing NINE and Carrier Strike Group THREE, the Raptors stand ready to provide combat ready aircraft and aircrews capable of conducting prompt and sustained sea combat operations in the open oceans and littoral environments around the world.

About Us

On 4 October 2007 Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN ONE (HSM-71) was established as the United States Navy’s first MH-60R squadron and since their inception have embodied the squadron’s motto of "FIRST AND FINEST."

HSM-71 continues to set the standard as a community leader in every aspect of Surface Warfare (SUW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), and Electronic Warfare (EW) mission areas. Whether deployed at sea or operating from home at NAS North Island, the Raptors’ commitment to excellence can be seen and felt throughout the squadron.

The MH-60R is designed to operate from littoral combat ships, frigates, destroyers, cruisers, and aircraft carriers to provide:

Command Control and Communications
Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
Surface Warfare (SUW)
Electronic Warfare (EW)
Mobility (MOB)
Search and Rescue (SAR)

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