Last month Navy and Coast Guard special operations units rappelled from a helicopter and onto a ship in order to rescue possible hostages being held by terrorists. The Navy is now considering ending the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 85, also known as the Firehawks for the 2021 Fiscal Year budget proposal. “HSC-85 is a dedicated SOF [special operations] support unit with highly trained aviators and some unique equipment, General Purpose Force HSC squadrons are trained and equipped to provide similar capability – particularly in maritime environments,” said a quote from the removal proposal. It also mentions that the Army and Air Force have closer relationships with USSOCOM.
The Crossroads of Special Operations