Navy Helicopter Down in Pacific

Story Number: NNS090520-09Release Date: 5/20/2009 1:41:00 PM
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From U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- At 11:36 p.m., PST, May 19, an HH-60 Seahawk helicopter went down off the coast of Southern California while conducting training operations with USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

The helicopter was from Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 6 located in San Diego. HS 6 is part of Carrier Air Wing 11 assigned to the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group.

There were five crew members on board. Three are confirmed deceased. The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy continue search and rescue efforts for the remaining two crew members. Names of the crew members are not being released until notification of next of kin.

Nimitz was off the coast of California participating in a composite unit training exercise. The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy are continuing search and rescue efforts along with the cooperation and assistance of Mexico.

The mishap is under investigation.

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Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technicians, attached to EOD Mobile Unit Eleven (EODMU-11) Platoon 1131, prepare to be hoisted aboard an HH-60H Seahawk.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of HH-60H Seahawk assigned the "Indians" Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Six (HS-6).
May 15, 2009
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