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From January through March 1967, the four detachments of HC-1 accumulated over 1,200 combat hours in support of the "Game Warden" river patrol force. After establishing a temporary headquarters in an old French hangar at Vung Tau, HA(L)-3 added over 9,000 additional hours from April through December 1967. Fast reaction was a hallmark of the squadron which dated back to the HC-1 Dets. They had also gained a reputation of being available anytime they were needed. This ability extended not only to Naval units, but to other allied forces as well. When alerted, a Seawolf fire team could be airborne within two to three minutes, day or night, and many dets could launch in less than 60 seconds.

arrow link Scramble Seawolves
This is the story of a minor combat engagement at an outpost in South Vietnam called Hoa Binh. It is representative of Seawolf combat operations during the withdrawal of U.S. riverine forces and the turnover of naval operations to the South Vietnamese in 1971. HA(L)-3, the only Navy attack helicopter squadron in Vietnam, was a unique concept designed to support the Navy riverine forces operating in the Mekong Delta area of South Vietnam. The squadron was a child of the Vietnam war, being commissioned, operated, and finally decommissioned entirely within the Delta of South Vietnam.

arrow link Tet 1968
The effects of the TET Offensive were felt in the Delta, where Lieutenant Tom Anzalone was flying UH1B gunships with the Seawolves of HA(L)-3. He recalls his part in the TET Offensive.

arrow link Incident at VC Lake
In 1962 when the gunship helicopter first went to Vietnam, it's appearance initially caused a mild panic among the Viet Cong. But by 1970, that situation had long since changed and although the VC, along with their NVA comrades, still had a healthy respect for the armed helicopter, they were by no means intimidated by it

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