California, Md. Native Serves with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75 - Southern Maryland Headline News

California, Md. Native Serves with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75


Lt. Junior Grade Andy “Pags” Pagliarulo is a naval aviator with the “Wolf Pack” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75.
Lt. Junior Grade Andy “Pags” Pagliarulo is a naval aviator with the “Wolf Pack” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75.

By Lt. Emily J. McCamy, Navy Office of Community Outreach

SAN DIEGO – A 2007 Leonardtown High School graduate and California, Md., native is serving with a U.S. Navy helicopter squadron that flies the Navy’s newest and most technologically-advanced helicopter, the MH-60R Sea Hawk.

Lt. Junior Grade Andy “Pags” Pagliarulo is a naval aviator with the “Wolf Pack” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75, based out of San Diego.

“This aircraft is new, extremely capable and very versatile,” said Pagliarulo. “I like that it is capable of different missions from search and rescue, humanitarian aid, to surface and submarine warfare.”

The squadron deploys its helicopters and personnel around the world aboard a variety of Navy ships, including frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers.

While aboard ships at sea, the squadron conducts a variety of missions.

“Our missions aboard ships include tracking and hunting enemy submarines, combating enemy surface ships, search and rescue, communications relay, and ferrying supplies, cargo and personnel,” said Lt. Reagan Lauritzen, Commander, Naval Air Force U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesperson.

As a naval aviator, Pagliarulo is responsible for for the safe mission of each flight.

“I love flying, there’s something new everyday and I also enjoy working with my team,” said Pagliarulo. “My mentors are extremely knowledgeable and do a great job fostering an environment for success.”

The MH-60R Sea Hawk is over 60 feet long, and can weigh up to 23,500 lbs. It is replacing the Navy’s older helicopters because of its greater versatility and more advanced weapon systems.

“The MH-60R features more sophisticated electronics, like a new low-frequency sonar and an advanced radar system,” said Lauritzen. “The Seahawk can also launch torpedoes, fire Hellfire missiles and laser guided rockets, and carry crew served weapons”

Pagliarulo said he is proud to be a part of the 292-member squadron that is ready to defend America at all times.

“I like the family environment within the Navy,” said Pagliarulo. We have a great command climate and we look out for each other.”

Being a sailor assigned to a helicopter squadron and in a deployable status means spending a lot of time away from friends and family, but serving his country makes it worth it for Pagliarulo.

“On deployment I accomplish what I’ve trained for. I joined the Navy because I had a sense of service and when I’m deployed I get to do what I joined the Navy to do,” said Pagliarulo.

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