HSC-25 rescues distressed mariners in Saipan
ASAN, Guam (March 1, 2017) – Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 conducted a search-and-rescue (SAR) operation and retrieved two distressed mariners off the coast of Saipan Feb. 25.
Upon the request of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam, a Navy MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter from HSC-25 launched from Andersen Air Force Base to Saipan at 2:45 p.m. At 10:20 p.m., Navy personnel safely recovered the individuals from their vessel and brought them to the Saipan International Airport.
“This incident is an example of the types of situations our Sailors train for day in and day out,” said HSC-25 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Edward Weiler. “In an era where most missions and training exercises are planned well in advance, SAR is a unique mission that time-critical problem solving and decision making.”
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.
For more information, contact the Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs Office at (671) 349-4055/3209.