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Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 “BattleCats”


HSM-73's primary mission is to conduct sea control operations in open ocean and littoral environments as an integral part of a Carrier Air Wing with a core on board the CVN and MH-60R detachments on board surface combatants.

About Us

Our squadron flies the MH-60R Seahawk, an aircraft that elevates tactical maritime mission capability to a new level by far surpassing previous fleet capability.  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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