Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Nine (HS-9) was established at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, on 4 June 1976, equipped with the SH-3H Sea King. The Sea Griffins carried on the traditions of an earlier HS-9, which served from June 1956 to October 1968. After initial workups, HS-9 was assigned to Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) for the next IS years, making its first Mediterranean deployment on board the USS Nimitz (CVN-68). The Sea Griffins participated in the motion picture The Final Countdown while working up for their next deployment.
Lest We Forget
By Rick Burgess