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    HSC-25 Det 1 Returns from Deployment in Indo-Asia-Pacific

    HSC-25 Det 1 Returns from Deployment

    Photo By Petty Officer 1st Class Sarah Villegas | 161125-N-YG104-004 (ANDERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Guam) Lt. Scott Brady reunites with his...... read more read more



    Story by Lt. Adam Cole 

    Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7     

    GUAM –Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25) welcomed home 38 personnel from its vertical replenishment detachment, “Detachment One Gunslingers,” at Andersen Air Force Base after a seven-month deployment on Nov. 25.

    The detachment left Guam on May 5, embarked on USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8), where they spent the first month flying logistical support to the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG-5) to include a sizable ordinance upload to the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). HSC-25’s Detachment One was an invaluable resource for carrier and surface ships of the carrier strike group, flying 93 hours and moving 868 tons of supplies and equipment during this period.

    Also in May, Det 1 worked with EOD Mobile Unit Five (EODMU-5) to rebuild the bombing range Okino Daito Jima (ODJ) off the shore of Okinawa. The Gunslingers mapped out and strategically placed 27 targets on multiple sides of the island for use in future exercises.

    At the beginning of August, the Gunslingers cross decked from the USNS Wally Schirra to the USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) to continue logistic support for Seventh Fleet, primarily in support of Commander Task Force 73 (CTF-73) and the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG-5). While onboard the USNS Charles Drew, the Gunslingers moved 4.2 million pounds of ordnance and cargo during 17 missions totaling more than 110 flight hours.

    Detachment One returned to Guam during late September and early October to support the joint U.S. military exercise Valiant Shield. The det was instrumental in providing logistical support for Ronald Reagan and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and associated ships of those strike groups.

    In late October, the detachment returned to Japan to support the Roland Reagan carrier strike group in vicinity of Yokosuka, Japan. They offloaded the Reagan’s entire store of ordnance in the two days prior to the ship’s Thanksgiving holiday stand down period.

    “Detachment One is proud to have supported the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Bonhomme Richard strike groups by moving over ten million pounds [5100 tons] of cargo and ammunition during 38 vertical replenishment evolutions,” said Lt. Scott Brady, one of Detachment One’s pilots. “The professionalism, expertise, and dedication of all 38 embarked personnel ensured the safe, successful completion of these demanding missions and truly demonstrated their Island Knight Pride!”

    The mission of HSC-25 is to train, deploy and sustain combat ready helicopter detachments in support combatant commander objectives while providing expeditionary and regional area logistics, search and rescue, force protection and disaster response to the Territory of Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands.

    By Lt. Devin Dugard, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 public affairs

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    Date Taken: 11.25.2016
    Date Posted: 11.30.2016 09:56
    Story ID: 215976
    Location: GUAM , US 

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