HS-6 Indians Squadron Patch – Hook and Loop
- 3.75 inch patch
- Hook and Loop
- US Veteran Owned Business
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron SIX (HS-6) was established on 1 June 1956 aboard USS Princeton (CVS-37) midway between the islands of Formosa and Okinawa. Initially, the squadron flew the Sikorsky HO4S-3, but two years later transitioned to the Sikorsky HSS-1N Seabat greatly enhancing the ability of the squadron to conduct anti-submarine warfare (ASW).
In April 1960, the squadron joined Carrier Anti-Submarine Group 53 aboard USS Kearsarge (CVS-33). In March 1962 the squadron again changed aircraft when the Sikorsky HSS-2 Sea King entered the fleet. In September of that year the HSS-2 was redesignated the SH-3A Sea King with the Navy’s adoption of the 1962 United States Tri-Service aircraft designation system. The Sea King, incorporating upgrades over the years, would take HS-6 into the 1990s. HS-6 recovered Mercury Program astronauts Wally Schirra in 1962 and Gordon Cooper in 1963. In 1966, during U.S. strikes into Vietnam, the Indians rescued 16 downed aviators, for which the squadron received the Navy Unit Commendation. A 7th Fleet Commendation followed in 1969 for services provided following the collision at sea between USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) and HMAS Melbourne (R21). By the end of the decade the squadron had transitioned to the SH-3D Sea King. In 1971, the Indians recovered the crew of Apollo 14 returning from the moon. Later that year, the squadron deployed to the east coast to join Carrier Air Wing 7 aboard USS Independence (CVA-62) to conduct an evaluation of the emerging CV concept.
In 1974, the squadron began a nine-year association with USS Constellation (CV-64) and Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9). In 1975 the squadron transitioned aircraft again, this time to the SH-3H Sea King which it would fly for most of the next two decades. The successful HS-6,
In 2001, during the opening days of the Global War on Terrorism, HS-6 conducted a joint detachment with HS-11, staging their HH-60H helicopters at a forward base in Pakistan to provide Combat Search and Rescue for the initial Operation Enduring Freedom air strikes into Afghanistan. .
HS-6 began the transition the Sikorsky MH-60S Seahawk in early 2011 and was redesignated Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 (HSC-6) on 8 July 2011.