Cross Nation Cross Deck

January 22, 2019 – Sailors from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 participated in a helicopter cross deck evolution between the ships of two different nations during the maritime coalition Exercise Intrepid Sentinel, Jan. 15. The pilots and air crewmen of HSM-71, assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, conducted helicopter cross deck training by flying from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and landing on the Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155). Lt. John White, from Atlanta, an MH-60R pilot assigned to HSM-71…

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HSM Wing Pacific Begins Phase Two of DSEI Exercise

Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Pacific (CHSMWP) began phase two of the annual Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative Exercise (DESI-EX), an international exercise held annually in conjunction with South American Naval Forces, Sept. 8, 2017. DESI-EX is an Undersea Warfare exercise that allows MH-60R aircraft from various CHSMWP and Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) commands the ability to practice their Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) skills against a skilled, foreign adversary in a variety of challenging environments. The event was organized by HSM Weapons School Pacific (HSMWSP) in coordination with Commander, Submarine…

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