HSC-25 Island Knights Plaque
A beautifully carved 14 inch solid wood plaque of the HSC-25 Island Knights! Collect all your squadrons with truly artistic craftsmanship of the Navy’s finest symbols.
The use of naval aviation insignia is a modern form of heraldry that dates back to the early period of naval aviation in the 1920’s and captures many proud moments of its history. The practice fosters a sense of pride, unit cohesion and contributes to high morale, esprit de corps and professionalism within the community. It also serves as an effective means of preserving a command’s tradition, continuity of purpose and recognition, as traced through its lineage. The following rules are provided to ensure that all command insignia and slogans are in keeping with the highest traditions of the proud naval aviation heritage.
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO FIVE (HSC-25) was initially established as Helicopter Combat Support Squadron FIVE (HC-5) at NAS Agana, Guam on 03 FEB 1984. As the “Providers”, HC-5 flew the H-46D “Sea Knight,” moving to Andersen AFB in 1996 after NAS Agana was closed. Redesignated as the “Island Knights” on 21 APR 2005, HSC-25 provides logistic support for the U.S. Pacific Fleet in the Navy’s newest helicopter, the MH-60S “Knighthawk”. The squadron employs approximately eighty officers and four hundred enlisted personnel to fly and maintain the fleet of 14 MH-60S.
HSC-25 is the first and only forward-deployed vertical replenishment (VERTREP) squadron in the Navy and is tasked with supporting Seventh Fleet units in the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, North Arabian Sea, and Persian Gulf. To provide this support, HSC-25 embarks two-aircraft detachments aboard Military Sealift Command vessels which provide transportation of equipment, fuel, supplies and ammunition to sustain U.S. forces worldwide. In addition, the squadron was tasked in 1992 to provide a permanent Search and Rescue (SAR) detachment aboard the USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3). In the spring of 1996, HSC-25 deployed their first night vision device capable amphibious SAR detachment to USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3). In the fall of 2000, the SAR detachment was permanently moved from the USS BELLEAU WOOD to the USS ESSEX (LHD 2).
In the Fall of 2005, HSC-25 was again the first HSC Squadron to assume a new mission, providing essential Air Ambulance services for Coalition Forces LAND COMPONENT Command (CFLCC) in Camp Buering, Kuwait.
The only Navy squadron on board Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, HSC-25 rapidly incorporated itself into “Team Andersen”. In addition to VERTREP, HSC-25 provides 24 hour (overland/over-water) SAR/Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) services for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Averaging over 30 rescues and 70 MEDEVACs per year, HSC-25 also conducts airborne firefighting utilizing externally carried buckets, Vertical Onboard Delivery (VOD), drone and torpedo recovery, special operations airborne support, and fleet logistics support for all military activities in the Guam area, including the Maritime Prepositioned Ships (MPS) operating in the local area.
Since February 1984, HSC-25 has moved millions of tons of supplies and ammunition, as well as thousands of personnel, providing much of the logistic power to the 7th and 5th Fleets. The aircraft of HSC-25 have operated as “angels of mercy” on numerous occasions, accomplishing emergency MEDEVAC and rescue missions and participating in Operations TRI-CRAB, Southern Watch, United Shield, Cobra Gold, Vigilant Sentinel, Tandem Thrust and most recently Unified Assistance, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.
HC-5 becomes HSC-25 as of 21 APR 2005
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO FIVE was established on 21 April 2005 upon the disestablishment of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron FIVE (HC-5). Originally commissioned on 03 February 1984, HC-5 developed a reputation for exceptional service and support to Fifth and Seventh Fleets and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. The HSC-25 insignia was developed to acknowledge our honorable legacy and embrace our exciting future.
The trident held by the eagle symbolizes the emphasis being placed on the combat capabilities of the helicopter in the maritime environment as well as pays homage to our naval heritage. The loads hanging from the trident represent our past, present, and future mission of VERTREP. The five stars remain as a legacy to HC-5, and the globe is arranged to represent our Area of Operation and our service to the Pacific Fleet. the black background represents the expanding night capabilities of our pilots and aircraft.