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HELICOPTER SEA COMBAT WING ATLANTIC

      Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic was originally established as Helicopter Tactical Wing (CHTW) 1 on 1 Oct 1982 at Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia. The reorganization of Atlantic Fleet Naval Air Forces combined the critical mission areas of Helicopter Combat Support and Helicopter Mine Countermeasures. In 1989, these mission areas were expanded to include Aerial and Seaborne Target Services, Aerial Surveillance and Reconnaissance. CHTW-1 was reorganized as Helicopter Tactical Wing, Atlantic Fleet (HELTACWINGLANT) in September 1993, as an Echelon Four command reporting directly to Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. This Type Wing was operationally and administratively responsible for the material support, training, and overall readiness of seven squadrons, Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department Corpus Christi, and the Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapon Systems Training School. HELTACWINGLANT was re-designated as Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic (HSCWL) on 1 April 2005. Today, HSCWL is the largest and most diverse wing in the Navy.  HSCWL squadrons operate over 130 aircraft with over 4,000 personnel, including the MH-53E, MH-60S, MQ-8B and MQ-8C to conduct operationally diverse missions including: Airborne Mine Countermeasures, Naval Special Warfare Support, Personnel Recovery (SAR/Combat SAR), Maritime Attack, Combat Logistics, Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief and Defense Support to Civil Authorities.

 
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