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Duty @ HSL-35 in San Diego was just “home?” for me , we trained on the helicopters there , but the real job was the deployments , we deployed for 9 Months each on assorted USS’s , first on a Destroyer , and also on a Frigate. We were in the Battle-Group as an added tool for the Aircraft-Carrier , The Carrier had their own way to Protect them from enemy Submarines , and since that was our duty , and a few other uses , we often sailed ┬áseparate from most of the group , as the Carrier stayed in the deeper waters , and when we got near land in the shallow water , our Helicopter was used to protect the other ships in our group , some of the smaller ports were too small to handle the larger ships , so we saw many foreign countries . Plenty more to come…

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After 4 years at HS-31 , I got orders at the same base to HSL-35 , their hangar was right next door , The H-2 helicopters , The were used to deploy on the navy ships housed nearby. So my first deployment was for 9 Months on the USS-Merrill , a Spruence class destroyer to accompany the Aircraft Carrier Battle Group on the Pacific Ocean . Our 1 Helicopter was used as a tool to hunt submarines and other assorted duties for the Group. The H-2 cabin was just large enough to house the 2 pilots and 1 aircrewman , so when we outfitted the helicopter to carry passengers , we had to remove all of the submarine  sensing gear and install the troop seats for a few  people , usually new transfers to the many ships in the group. So we rarely left the ship by air , so when we neared pearl-harbor , I requested my re-enlistment ceremony on the USS-Arizona Memorial , The helicopter flight was different for me , not just a sightseeing trip of the island , but also a different view of the shipI was on too

More next time…