Established on 25 September 1987 at NAS North Island, the “Saberhawks” began its illustrious history as Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR SEVEN (HSL-47), and employed the SH-60B helicopter.
Since its inception, the Saberhawks have been at the forefront of helicopter operations in the Pacific Fleet. Under the Navy’s Helo CONOPS “Bravo to Sea (B2C)” initiative, HSL-47 led the LAMPS Community’s transition from traditional SH-60B expeditionary operations, to carrier based MH-60R operations. The Squadron joined the Broadsword team of Carrier Air Wing TWO (CVW-2) on 01 April 2004.
On 02 April 2009, HSL-47 transitioned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 77 (HSM-77). The Saberhawks were attached the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN72) Strike Group and deployed with the MH-60R until August of 2012. Their outstanding reputation led to their selection to fight from the tip of the spear with Battle Force 7th Fleet. They operated their specialized team of warfighters and advanced aircraft with Carrier
Air Wing FIVE and the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) Strike Group.
On 16 August 2015, HSM-77 along with Carrier Air Wing FIVE, underwent a hull transition to their present home onboard the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76). Here they continue to show the MH-60R Community and the Aviation Community as a whole, why they were chosen to fight from the tip of the spear.
The insignia above represents the men and women who call themselves Saberhawks. The Ferruginous Hawk, a raptor indigenous to the southwestern United States, has represented HSL-47 since establishment. The saber is a traditional ceremonial naval weapon and symbol. The five stars represent the transition from LAMPS MK III to LAMPS MK V and the blue background reflects the Squadron color.