Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven Four
HSM-74 Squadron Patch.jpg
HSM-74 Insignia
Active21 Aug 1986 to present
Country United States of America
BranchUnited States Navy Seal United States Navy
TypeNavy Helicopter Squadron
RoleSurface Warfare (SUW)
Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
Part ofCarrier Air Wing Three
Garrison/HQNaval Air Station Jacksonville
Nickname(s)"Swamp Foxes"
EngagementsOperation Inherent Resolve
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Global War on Terror


  • FY15 Retention Excellence Award
  • FY14 Retention Excellence Award
  • FY13 Retention Excellence Award
  • FY12 Retention Excellence Award
Commanding OfficerCDR Thomas Jefferson Eisenstatt
Executive OfficerCDR Daniel Michael Murphy
Command Master ChiefCMDCM Edward Jack Hopper

Helicopter Maritime Strike Seven Four (HSM-74), the "Swamp Foxes", is a United States Navy helicopter squadron based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida. HSM-74 is attached to Carrier Air Wing Three and deploys aboard cruisers, destroyers, frigates, and aircraft carriers in support of a carrier strike group. It was established on 21 August 1986 as Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (Light) Forty Four (HSL-44)


The squadron employs the MH-60R multi-mission helicopter. Primary missions include Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (SUW), Command, Control, Communications (CCC), Command and Control Warfare (C2W), Mobility (MOB), and Non-Combat Operations (NCO). Secondary missions consist of Search and Rescue (SAR), Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC), Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP), Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS), and Communications Relay (COMREL).[2]

Transition from HSL-44

Squadron insignia during period of designation as HSL-44

HSL-44 was redesignated HSM-74 on 9 June 2011 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The change reflected their transition from employing the SH-60B to the MH-60R, as well a from a detachment-based, expeditionary squadron to its realignment in support of a carrier air wing. As part of this transition, then-HSL-44 relocated to NAS Jacksonville from their previous home of Naval Station Mayport in November 2009.

General Information

HSM-74 operates twelve MH-60R helicopters in four combat elements. These combat elements (or CELs) consist of the carrier element and Detachments 1, 2, and 3. The carrier element deploys and maintains five helicopters while the detachments maintain two each. Each CEL can work independently of every other CEL.

See also


  1. ^ http://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/hsm74/Pages/MISSION.aspx
  2. ^ http://www.lockheedmartin.com/products/MH60R/index.html

External links

  • HSM-74 Official Website
  • Official Navy Website