MARINE MEDIUM TILTROTOR SQUADRON 774 (VMM-774) – SPECIAL PURPOSE MAIRINE AIR TASK FORCE CRISIS RESPONSE AFRICOM 2020-1

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Computer made/mounted on velcro   3.5 inch-90mm

 

MARINE MEDIUM TILTROTOR SQUADRON 774 (VMM-774)

Marine Medium Helicopter 774 was activated 5 Sep 1958, at NAS New York, NY, as Marine Transport Helicopter Squadron 774 (HMR-774). The squadron operated the SH-34G/J Sea Bat helicopter. In Apr 1962 the squadron was redesignated Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774, deactivated on 30 Sep 1962.

HMM-774 was reactivated at NAS Norfolk (Chambers Field),VA, on1  Jul 1969. HMM-774 initially operated UH-34D Sea Horse helicopters. In 1970, the CH-46 replaced the UH-34 and in 1971 the squadron was assigned under the command of the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. In Jan 1991, HMM-774 was mobilized as an element of Marine Aircraft Group 26, I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) in support of OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. In Jul 2004, the squadron was mobilized and deployed to Al Asad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from Aug 2004-Mar 2005 and from Sep 2005-Mar 2006. The squadron was demobilized during Jul 2006.

On 12 Jul 2010, HMM-774 embarked aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) in support of Continuing Promise 2010. During this humanitarian mission, HMM-774 provided support to numerous countries in South America, to include Haiti, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Guatemala, Suriname and Costa Rica. HMM-774 also played a vital role in the aftermath of Hurricane Thomas while deployed to South America and the Caribbean. Shortly after Hurricane Tomas passed through the Bahamas, HMM-774 pulled out of Suriname in short notice and followed the storm to Haiti. Once Hurricane Tomas made landfall, USS Iwo Jima rushed to the scene. Within hours of Hurricane Tomas’ destruction, USS Iwo Jima was on the site and HMM-774 was flying aerial recon to assess the situation and decide if further assistance was required.

Following a brief detachment aboard the USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) as a participant in Amphibious Southern Partnership Station 2012, HMM-774 no longer embarked on any further navy vessels. The squadron was present for Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) 4-13, providing a portion of the aviation combat element (ACE), as well as the same exercise, 4-14, the following year at Twentynine Palms, California. Following the return from Twentynine Palms in Jun 2014, the squadron turned attention to preparing for the upcoming transition to the MV-22B Osprey aircraft. As of Apr 2015, HMM-774 continues to gradually retire aircraft leading to a complete disposition of the CH-46E by Dec 2015. Retirement of the final aircraft around that time will bring an end to the last dedicated Marine medium helicopter squadron operated by the Marine Corps. HMM-774 became designated as VMM-774 in Jan 2016 as the squadron received its first V-22 and later took its first test flight in Apr 2016. VMM-774 declared Final Operating Capability in Apr 2018.

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