As the US Navy’s only Forward
Deployed LAMPS squadron, the WARLORDS of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron
Light FIVE ONE (HSL-51) have been at the forefront of helicopter operations
throughout the Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf since their establishment on
03 October 1991.
The WARLORDS embody the
spirit and tenets of the Samurai warrior depicted on their unit insignia,
Miyamoto Musashi. A famed and accomplished 16th century warrior, artist,
sculptor, and calligrapher, Musashi was a master swordsman who created and
perfected a two-sword kenjutsu technique called niten'ichi ("two
heavens as one"). In this technique, the swordsman simultaneously uses
both a large sword (katana) and a "companion sword" (wakazashi).
In addition to his renowned skill as a swordsman, Musashi was also an expert
in throwing weapons and was known for his straightforward approach to combat,
with no additional frills or aesthetic considerations.
Like Musashi, the WARLORDS
are master warfighters flying the Sikorsky SH-60B Seahawk helicopter from
the decks of the USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63), USS COWPENS (CG-63), USS SHILOH
(CG-67), USS LASSEN (DDG-82), USS MUSTIN (DDG-89), and USS McCAMPBELL
(DDG-85). The WARLORDS also operate a VIP-configured Sikorsky SH-60F Seahawk
detachment aboard the Seventh Fleet command ship, USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19).
The WARLORDS are equally skilled with their weapons – the AGM-114 Hellfire
missile, the MK-46 and MK-50 torpedoes, and the GAU-16 and M-60D crew served
weapons. Should the need arise, the WARLORDS stand ready to preserve freedom
and democracy and strike the enemy swiftly, relentlessly, and with deadly
Serving aboard the
Yokosuka-based ships of CARRIER STRIKE GROUP FIVE and DESTROYER SQUADRON
FIFTEEN, the WARLORDS have amassed over 95,000 mishap-free flight hours and
set the standard for operational excellence. In fifteen years of existence,
HSL-51 has earned seven Battle Efficiency Awards, five Arnold J. Isbell
Awards for Undersea Warfare Excellence, five CNO Safety “S” Awards, and
five Maintenance Excellence Awards. Excellence, humility, vigilance and
teamwork are the governing credos by which the Samarai and the WARLORDS live