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hs-85-patchHS-85 was established as Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Eight Five on 1 July 1970 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Alameda, CA.

In 1993, HS-85 moved from NAS Alameda to NAS North Island to assume the Target Launch and Target/Torpedo Recovery mission at Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) San Clemente Island, CA upon the decommissioning of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron ONE.

HS-85 became HC-85 on 1 October 1994, reflecting a change in squadron mission from ASW to Combat Support.

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23 thoughts on “HS-85 “Golden Gater’s” Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron

  1. HS-85 was my first duty station when I was in the NAVY. I had good times and worked with great people there. I remember when they moved to NAS North Island. To who all served with me from 1990 to 1993. I wish you all the luck in the world. AZ2 William Holmes

    1. I served from 90-94, was the designated plane captain on a converted h3 from Florida to California… Five days, flying visual, Texas took two days.. Memories for life. Name’s AMS Trinh. Hit me up guys, if we served together.

  2. I served in HS-85 as a Mech from 1979 – 1983 with some of the best guys I have ever known – Damn good times! AFCM James Jackson was without a doubt the finest leader I ever had in my 24 year naval career. God bless him where ever he is!

  3. I served as a reserve airman with HS-85 from 1976- 1981. Some of my fondest memories were serving on “ACDUTRA” with my friends Mike Carillo and Bill Pierra. Over the years I’ve been to the decommissioned NAS and driven past the old hanger. A life changing experience for sure.

  4. I served as a reserve ASW from 1971 – 1974. Really loved the job and flying in the H3’s.
    Still fly smaller aircraft as a commercial rated pilot and have a shop and flight school at the Reno Tahoe international airport.

  5. .I was the original plank holder for HS 85. I designed the units naval insigia with trident and crown. YN Leonard Bendgen

  6. I have come across an APH-6C that say “Hellwingers” on it. As a retired USAF MH-53 J/M, UH-1H/N, and MI-8/17 helicopter gunner I would love to see this Helmet go to a fellow helicopter guy that served in your unit. Let me know by replying to this post. Take care.

  7. The Commanding Officet of HS-85 in the late 1970s was Commander Frazziet. I was the squadron Maintenance Chief. I would like to be in contact with Cdr Frazzier. Any leads will be appreciated.

  8. The Commanding Officer of HS-85 in the late 1970s was Commander Frazziet. I was the squadron Maintenance Chief. I would like to be in contact with Cdr Frazzier. Any leads will be appreciated.

  9. I have a blog, Memoirs of a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer. Much of it covers my years at NAS Alameda on the VP-26 line, in VA-303, and HS-85. The blog can be found by typing the title in Google.

  10. served in hs 85 from sept 1971 to 1974. had a great time with lots of great guys, flew a bunch. detachments on the canadian ship Provider. went to hawaii with them. lots of schools in imperial beach and trips to tijuana when you could get out alive. fishing in the estuary, was a lunch time regular. finished as wc supervisor in 110, i think that is me in the helo picture doing an engine turnup for a systrms check, ADJ2 Brian T. Wrigley.

  11. I was honored to serve with HS-85 from 1977 to about 1985. Great bunch of dedicated navy folks to deploy and fly with. Gordon Thomas, Captain, retired.

  12. I served in HS-85 from 1990-1993 as an Aviation Electrician. Was Temporary Assigned Duty (TAD) to Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Dept (AIMD) for 1993. Have some great memories looking back and met good people in the squadron. AE2 Jon Knutson

  13. I was in HS-85 from 4/83 to 6/86 AT3 was mainly a night check supervisor for the line division I trained all the plane captains for the squadron work with a great bunch there had some good time to my email if an one wants to contact me quetzalcoatlnathan@gmail.com love to hear from anyone I served with

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