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HITRON Jacksonville

Role: Interdiction.

In 1998, the Coast Guard estimated that it was stopping less than ten percent of the drugs entering the United States via the sea.  Spurred by these estimates, Admiral James Loy, the then Commandant, directed the Coast Guard to develop a plan to counter the go-fast threat.  This gave rise to HITRON-10 (Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron) with a flew leased MD900 Enforcer helicopters. The unit was renamed HITRON-Jacksonville on 19.5.2003. From October 2007 the unit received two recently converted MH-65C, airborne use of force (AUF) helicopter, as the lease contract with Agusta expires on January 31, 2008. The full complement of this unit is 10 MH-65C. From 1.6.2009 the unit is subordinated to the recenty formed Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM).


Air Bases:
Base Duration
Cecil Field/Jacksonville/FL 1998 - Present

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
McDonnell Douglas MD-900 Enforcer 5 1998 - 2000 9010,9014,9015,9041,9042
Agusta MH-68A Stingray 8 2000 - 2008 1078,1081,1091,1095,1098,1099,1109,1113
Aérospatiale MH-65C Dolphin 10 2007 - Present



Aérospatiale MH-65D Dolphin 10 2014 - Present



Unit Insignia:

HITRON-10 HITRON-Jacksonville


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