Lest We Forget

By Rick Burgess

Deploying to the Persian Gulf in January 1991 on board the Theodore Roosevelt , HS-9 distinguished itself during Operation Desert Storm combat operations against Iraqi forces. By this time, the squadron was equipped with night-vision goggles, the global positioning system, and the downed aviator locating system. HS-9 forward deployed detachments on the Spruance (DD-963)-class destroyers USS Leftwich (DD-984) and USS Oldendorf (DD-972) and located and destroyed 13 antiship mines. While supporting special operations forces, HS-9 crews captured 35 Iraqi prisoners of war. HS-9 also participated in Operation Provide Comfort, the effort to provide relief to Kurds in northern Iraq.

In October 1991, the Sea Griffins joined CVW-17 and deployed for the last time, to the Mediterranean on the USS Saratoga (CV-60). Before returning home in November 1992, the squadron participated in Operation Provide Promise in the Adriatic Sea off war-torn Bosnia. As part of the post-Cold War drawdown, HS-9 was disestablished on 30 April 1993.


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