Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 saves Rota resident
Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (June 7, 2013) – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 successfully conducted a medical evacuation of an elderly patient who required transport from Rota to Saipan for immediate medical treatment on June 6.
“We were able to provide the necessary care in the appropriate amount of time to save a person’s life,” said Lt. Brigham Douglas, HSC-25 flight surgeon.
Upon notification from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam, the HSC-25 “Island Knights” quickly dispatched a helicopter with a flight doctor to Rota.
The patient has no military affiliation and is being treated at a medical facility in Saipan.
Since January, the squadron has conducted 8 medical evacuations and 4 search and rescue missions.
HSC-25 is the Navy’s only forward-deployed MH-60S expeditionary squadron. As a part of Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific, it provides an armed helicopter capability for U.S. 7th Fleet in support of logistics, search and rescue and humanitarian assistance missions.
HSC-25 is also the only squadron that maintains a 24-hour search and rescue and medical evacuation alert posture, directly supporting the U.S. Coast Guard and Joint Region Marianas.