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USMC Helicopter/Tiltrotor Squadrons

Callsigns

History

Tactical call signs are used to identify squadrons over the radio or in messages without disclosing their actual identity to unauthorized listeners. Their use dates to World War 2, but Marine helicopter squadrons first used call sign in combat during the Korean War.

In Korea, call signs changed on a regular basis; during the Vietnam War, squadrons might use the same call sign for more than a year. Today, squadrons deploying to a combat zone,i.e. Iraq and Afghanistan, are assigned a "theater" call sign for use during that deployment only.


If you know of any call signs that have been omitted, or if any I've listed are incorrect, let me know.  hma1369


Call sign Squadron Date Comments
ABUSIVE HML/A-269 Det B 2008 Iraq
ANTLER HMM-268 ca 2000
APOCALYPSE HMLA-267 2011 Afghanistan
ARCTIC STONE HMM-764 1967 Exercise "Golden Slipper"
ATLAS HMLAT-303 ca. 1982
AVALANCHE HMLA-269 2005-6 Iraq
BADGER HML-268 1972-74  
BARBARIAN HMLA-367 2008 Iraq
BARREL HOUSE HMM-161 1965-66
BASEBALL HMM-265
BIGFOOT HMH-466 2010 Afghanistan
BIG IRON HMM-365(Rein) 2001 Afghanistan
BIG MAC HMM-165 (Rein) 2007 Iraq
BILOXI HMM-165
BISCUIT VMO-6 Oct 1951 Korean War
BLANKET HMR-161 Feb 1952 Korean War
BONNIE SUE HMM-265 1965
BRAZEN HMLA-369 April 2007 Iraq
BRILLO HMM-161 April 2007 Iraq
BROiL HML-167
BUFFALO CITY HMM-165 1966-67
CADAVER VMO-6 1967
CAMEL DRIVER HMH-461
CAMPUS QUEEN ProvMAG-39 1968
CARTEL HMLA-269 Jul 2007 Iraq
CATTLE CALL HMM-161 Jul 1968
CHATTERBOX HMM-262 1968
CHECKERBOARD HMM-164
CHESTER VMO-6 Apr 1951 Korean War
CHLORINE HMR-161 Sept 1952 Korean War
CLIP CLOP HMM-362 1965
CODFISH VMO-6 Sept 1952 Korean War
COMPRISE HML-167 1968
CONDOR HMH-464 1995-
CONSUMPTION HMH-363 1968 used?
CONTEST VMO-6 June 1951 Korean War
COYOTE HMA/HMLA-775
CROSSBILL H&MS-17 1968 6 UH-34Ds assigned
CROSSBOW VMMT-204 ca. 2007
CYCLONE VMO-3 1967 SOG missions
CYCLOPS HMH-366/466 (combined unit) 2012 Afghanistan "HMH-America"
DEADLOCK VMO-2 1965
DEADLY HML/A-269 2003 Iraq
DEADWOOD HMLA-369 2010 Afghanistan
DEALER HMLA-369 2010 Afghanistan
DIMMER HMH-463 1968
DIXIE CUP VMO-3
DOE/DOUGH HMM-162 ?
DOGMA HMH-362 ca. 1969
DOUGHBOY HMM-162 1970s
DRAGON HMM/VMM-265
DREAM HOUR H&MS-16 1965
DUNBAR HMM-363 1967 Op. DECK HOUSE
DUSTY HMH-464 1981-95
EAGLE CLAW VMO-6, HML-167, HML-367 1967-70 SOG missions
ELUSIVE H&MS-36 1965
ELVIS HMM-261 ca. 1990
EMBARRASS VMO-6 Aug 1951 Korean War
EMBLEM HMM-365    
EVIL EYES HMM-163
EXPRESS VMM-266 2008 Iraq
EXTERIOR VMO-6 Sept 1951 Korean War
FATMAN HMH-466 2006-7 Iraq
FINGERPRINT H&MS-16 1967 Continued in use by O-1 Det
FIRECRACKER VMO-6 Jun 1953 Korean War
FISTY HMLA-169 2003 Iraq
FLATE VMO-6 Apr 1951 Korean War
FLYING TIGER HMH-361
FOLLOW H&MS-17 ca. 1966-68
FRINGE HMR-161 Apr 1952 Korean War
FRITO HMA-369
FROSTY GOLD HMM-262
GERM VMO-6 June 1951 Korean War
GOPHER VMM-263 2011 Afghanistan
GRAYHAWK HMM/VMM-161 ca. 2000
GUNFIGHTER HMA-369 ca. 1975
GUNRUNNER HMA/HML/A-269
GUNSHOT HMLA-369 2005 Iraq
HACKSAW HMLA-169 2011-12 Afghanistan
HAIRCUT HMM-162 1967
HALEY HMH-461
HAMMERHEAD HMH-366
HANK GREENBERG H&MS-36 1967
HASTY HMLA-169 2001 Afghanistan
HEROIC (1) HMLA-169 2007 Afghanistan
HEROIC (2) HMLA-773 2008> Iraq
HIGHBOY (1) HMM-163 1968
HIGHBOY (2) HMM-265 1968 Assigned after 163 left RVN
HIGHWAY HMM-264 1965
HOGGER HMH-??? 2008 Iraq
HOSTAGE VMO-2 Dec 1967
HUMMER HML-771
HUSTLER HMH-772
INJURE HMM-265 Aug 1968
INVINCIBLE HMM-268 2008 Iraq
IRISHMAN HMH-363 2006-7 Iraq
IRON HORSE HMH-461
JEWEL VMO-6 Oct 1951 Korean War
JEWELRY VMO-6 July 1951 Korean War
JUNKMAN H&MS-16 1966 SU #1 (CH-37s)
KAHUNA HMH-362 2007 Iraq
KLONDIKE VMO-6 1950; 1965 First used in Korea; reused in Vietnam
KNIGHTRIDER HMM/HMMT-164 1980s
LADY ACE HMM-165 Dec 1968-
LAS VEGAS HMH-361 1969
LAWMAN HML/A-269 2008 Iraq/Afghanistan
LEGACY HMM-263
LEPRECHAUN H&MS-36 Det. D 1972-3 MCAS "Rose Garden" Thailand
LEROY HMM-264 ca. 1991
LIMOUSINE VMO-6 Mar 1952 Korean War
LIVEWIRE HMLA-??? 2008-9 Afghanistan
LIVID HMM-365 (Rein) 2008 Afghanistan
LUMINOUS MAG-16 1967
MADMAN HMM-??? 2008 Iraq
MAIM HMM-??? 2004-5 Iraq
MARINE 1 Aircraft with President aboard Marine 2 if Vice Pres. aboard
METTLE HMH-465 2006 Iraq
MILL POINT HMM-363 1965
MIMI HMT-204
MISFIT HMLA-169 2006 Iraq
MODEM HML-268 1972-77  
MOHAIR HMM-262 1967
MOONLIGHT HMM/VMM-764 current
MORPHINE HMM-364 2007 Iraq
MOTION ProvH&MS-39 Apr 1968
MURRAY HMM-363 1968
MUTILATE VMO-6 Sept 1951 Korean War
NAIL FILE MAG-36 1965
NEW CASTLE HMM-162 1965
NIGHTHAWK HMX-1
NIGHTINGALE HMM-161 2007 Iraq
NORTH BROOK HMM-164 1965
OAKGATE VMO-3/HML-367 1967-8
OASIS HMM-162 2008 Iraq
OCTAGON HMR-161 Feb 1953 Op HAYLIFT II
OLD HARRY HMM-162 1965
ORDNANCE HMR-161 June 1953 RCTLEX III
OUTSPOKEN VMO-6 Oct 1950 Korean War
OVERPAY HMM-163 1965
OVERTAKE VMO-6 Feb 1952  
PALE HORSE VMM-561 2010-12  
PATROLMAN HMR-161 Nov 1952 MARLEX 10
PEACH BUSH HMM-263 1971
PEGASUS HMH-463 current
PENNANT DAY HMH-463 1967
PEST KILLER HMM-362 1968
PHOENIX HMT-302
PINEAPPLE HMH-463 ca. 1973
PINUP HMH-361 Aug 2010-Feb 2011 Afghanistan
PISTOL HMLA-369 2007 Iraq
PISTOL PETE HMA-369 1972 MARHUK ops
PITCH BLACK HMH-361 Det A 2009 Afghanistan
POINDEXTER HMM-769 1967 Ex. "Golden Slipper"
POOR DEVIL HMM-262 Det A 1967
PORKCHOPS HMR-161 Aug 1952
POWER GLIDE HMM-263 1965
PRESS HMM-164 1968
PROFANE VMM-365 2010 Afghanistan
PROPHET HMM-165 (Rein) 2007 Iraq (15th MEU)
QUICKDRAW HMM-166 (Rein) 2004 Iraq (11th MEU)
RAPTOR VMMT-204
REACTION MAG-36 1967
REAPER VMM-561 ca. 2011
RED DOG HMA/HMLA-773
RED LION HMH-363 current
REENLIST HML-367 1968 Sqn refused to use this
REPENT HMLA-169 2009 Afghanistan
ROADHOG HMH-769
ROBIN HMR-161 Oct 1951
ROBIN HOOD HMR-161 Mar 1952
ROCKY HMM-166
ROMANTIC LAND VMO-5 1967 Ex. "Blue Lotus"
ROSEANN MAG-16 1965
ROYAL OAK ProvH&MS-39 Aug 68
RUGBY HMM-365
RUTLEDGE HMM-365 1965
SABER HMLA-467 2008
SAFETY ZONE HMM-263 1967 Special Landing Force A
SAND SPUR HMM-770 1967 Ex. "Golden Slipper"
SCALPEL HMM-163 Mar 1963 Ex. "Silver Blade"
SCARFACE VMO-3/HML/HMLA-367 1967
SEAGRAMS HMH-462
SEAWORTHY VMO-6 1968
SEXTON HMM-263 2003 Iraq
SHARK HMM-165 1967 "Shining Brass" ops
SHELBY HMH-361 Feb-Aug 2009 Iraq
SHOOTOUT HMLA-169 2011 Afghanistan
SIERRA NOVEMBER HMA-169 1971
SIERRA PAPA HMMT/HMHT-301
SIERRA QUEBEC H&MS-30
SIERRA ROMEO HMMT-302
SKULLY H&MS-16
SKY SHADOW HMM-164
SLOW ROLL HMM-165
SPACE (1) HMM-165 Dec 67-Oct 68
SPACE (2) HMH-462 1968 Reassignment of call sign
SPANIARD HMM-164 18-26 1970 Op "Golden Dragon"
SPANISH FLY HMM-164 1972
SPARTAN LUCK HMM-165
SPIKE HMM-166
STARCH HMH-361 1968
STATION BREAK HMM-261 1965
STEADFAST HMM-263 2008 Iraq
STINGER HMLA-267
STONE HML-167
STORM VMX-22
SUPER CHIEF HMM-163 1965
SWIFT (1) HMM-364 1968
SWIFT (2) HMM-164 1975 Reuse of call sign
SWIFTY HMM-364 2008 Iraq
SWITCH HMM-262 1965
TARBUSH HMM-361 1965
THICKNESS HMH-363
THOROUGHBRED HMH-463 2009 Afghanistan
THUNDER (1) HMM-263 ca. 1991
THUNDER (2) HMH-462 ca. 2007 Re-use of callsign
TIGER (1) VMO-6 1967 "Shining Brass" ops
TIGER (2) HMH-361
TOMCAT HMH-361
TORRID HMLA-167 2007 Iraq
TRUMPCARD VMO-6 June 1953 Medevac a/c - RCTLEX III
TYCOON HMLA-775 2005 Iraq
TYRANT HMM-163 2007 Iraq
UGLY HMH-362 2000-
USEFUL VMO-6 Jan 1951
VALOR HMM-161 2007 Iraq
VENDETTA HMM-163 (Rein) 2005-6 13th MEU
VENGEANCE HMLA-469 2009
VENOM HML/A-167 2008 22d MEU(SOC)
VIPER HMLA-169
WALL PANEL HMM-263 1967 Special Landing Force A
WALNUT HILL ProvMAG-39 1968
WARHORSE HMH-465
WARRIOR HML-167 ca. 1979
HML/A-167
WELCOME TOUR HMM-165 Jan-Jun 68 Special Landing Force B
WHITE GOLD HMM-364 1965
WILD GOOSE HMM-774
WOLFPACK HMH-466
WOMBAT HMM-162
YANKEE MIKE HMM-365
YAZOO VMO-1