SANTA RITA, Guam-The U.S. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (25 will celebrate its 29th anniversary on Feb. 3.
Known as the Island Knights, the squadron was commissioned on Feb. 3, 1984, and is based at Andersen Air Force Base where they provide 24-hour search and rescue, medical evacuation, aerial firefighting, force protection and disaster relief for Guam and the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands.
As the only rescue-capable helicopter unit in the region, the Island Knights are on continuous alert and work closely with the U.S. Coast Guard and Guam Fire Rescue. The squadron also trains two detachments that deploy from Guam for months at a time, providing logistical and SAR support to the Navy's 7th Fleet.
In addition to their diverse and demanding mission set, the squadron also stands ready to deploy a two-helicopter humanitarian relief detachment anywhere in the world within 24 hours should the need arise.
The squadron's 70 officers and 330 enlisted personnel fly and maintain a fleet of 10 multi-mission MH-60S Knighthawk helicopters. They execute a diverse mission set, including vertical replenishment of ships at sea, special operations support, combat SAR, anti-surface warfare, air ambulance, and maritime interdiction operations.
Prior to its placement at Andersen AFB, HSC-25 was the designated provider of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 5 based at Naval Air Station Agana. In 1996, upon the closure of the air station, the squadron moved to Andersen AFB.
HSC-25 is proud of the squadron's role in the Guam community and looks forward to many more years of service to its people. (PR)