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Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic

HSC-26 Conducts Change of Command Ceremony

by Lt. j.g. Jacob Nolan, HSC-26 public affairs
16 November 2023 The Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 “Chargers”, stationed aboard Naval Station Norfolk held a change of command ceremony, Nov. 16 to mark a transition of command leadership.

HSC-26 Change of Command
SLIDESHOW | 7 images | HSC-26 Change of Command NORFOLK, Va. (Nov. 16, 2023)- Cmdr. Scott F. Chirgwan addresses the audience at the Helicopter Sea Combat (HSC) 26 change of command ceremony, Nov. 16. Cmdr. Matthew Mravlja was relieved by Chirgwin. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aimee Ford)
During the change of command ceremony, Cmdr. Scott Chirgwin, of Portland, Oregon, assumed all duties and responsibilities as the HSC-26 commanding officer from Cmdr. Matthew Mravlja, of Westford, New York.

While in command of HSC-26, Mravlja led an operational squadron of 439 Sailors, molding a cohesive combat unit ready that deployed to U.S. Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR). This included operations deployed aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), the dry cargo ship USNS Alan Shepherd (T-AKE 3), the expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3), and the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) while simultaneously maintaining a land-based detachment in Manama, Bahrain.

These detachments provided critical helicopter aviation support for Operation Continuing Promise 2022, Special Boat Team 20, U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Teams, USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, and SEAL Teams Three, Five and Seven.

“During my time at HSC-26, due to the hard work of the ‘Charger’ team we have accomplished tremendous feats and made real and significant impacts in multiple AORs,” said Mravlja, who addressed the new commanding officer. “The passion and professionalism of Chirgwin as the new Skipper will ensure this success continues.”

Chirgwin discussed the passion the ‘Chargers’ bring to their assigned missions.

“Every person here is critically important, this machine doesn’t move without your hard work and sacrifice” Chirgwin said. “Every person is a critical piece to a greater goal.”

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