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HMHT-401 was activated 30 June 1969 at MCAS(H)New River, NC, as the East Coast CH-53 training squadron. The squadron was deactivated 1 May 1972 and its personnel and aircraft were used to create HMT-204.
In 1987, a Reserve Fighter Training squadron, VMFT-401, was activated at MCAS Yuma, AZ. Though the squadron designation reuses the 401 numbering, the squadron seems not to acknowledge its prior history
Activated 30 June 1969 at New River, NC, as Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 401, and assigned to Marine Helicopter Training Group 40, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force.
Deactivated 1 May 1972.
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