A Warlord Tradition - A Brief History of HSM-51
As the U.S. Navy’s only expeditionary Forward Deployed Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System squadron, the Warlords of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51 have been at the forefront of helicopter operations throughout the Pacifi Ocean and Arabian Gulf since their establishment on October 3, 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 warfi fl the Sikorsky MH-60R helicopter which has improved anti-submarine warfare abilities, new radar suite, and upgraded communications equipment. The Warlords are equally skilled with their weapons - the AGM-114 Hellfi missile, the MK-46, MK-50 and MK-54 torpedoes, and the GAU-21 .50cal and M-240D 7.62mm 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 accuracy.
Serving aboard the Yokosuka-based ships of Commander Task Force 70, the Warlords have amassed more than 11 Battle Efficiency Awards since establishment in 1991, setting the standard for operational excellence.
Excellence, humility, vigilance and teamwork are the governing credos by which the Samurai and the Warlords live and operate.