Capt. Larry S. Vincent relieved Captain F. J. Schuller as commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (HSCWP), during a change of command ceremony held Aug. 15 at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego.
After assuming command, Vincent gave remarks reaffirming HSCWP’s mission and priorities.
“Whether it’s HSC-23 flying Airborne Use of Force missions on the USS McClusky, HSC-6 demonstrating the capabilities of the LCS during RIMPAC, HSC-85 supporting our special forces, or the Red Lions from HSC-15 prepping for a 10-month cruise, this staff must always remember we support this Navy and our nation by ensuring they are ready to fight. That is our first priority,” said Vincent.
HSCWP provides operational, administrative, maintenance and training support to Pacific Fleet strike group and expeditionary HSC squadrons operating the MH-60S and HH-60H Seahawk helicopters and is the fleet integration lead for the Navy’s first operationally deployed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), the MQ 8 Fire Scout.
“Naval aviation is about applying the right force, a capable force, at the right time. In addition to the unique and irreplaceable support provided the Naval Special Warfare through HSC-84 and HSC-85, HSC aircraft touch every surface platform in the Navy,” said Vincent. “As carrier and expeditionary strike groups look for ways to expand their warfighting capabilities, HSC will be ready.”