Navy Identifies Aircrewmen Killed in MH-53 Crash


Story Number: NNS120719-09Release Date: 7/19/2012 11:30:00 AM
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From U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- The Navy announced the names June 21 of two Sailors killed when their MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter crashed July 19.

Chief Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) Sean P. Sullivan, 40, of St. Louis, Mo., and Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Joseph P. Fitzmorris, 31, of West Monroe, La., were declared deceased following an extensive search of the wreckage and the surrounding areas of the crash.

The helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron (HM) 15, went down 58 miles southwest of Muscat, Oman Thursday while conducting heavy lift support operations.

Three of the helicopter's five crewmembers were safely recovered.

The crash was not due to hostile action.

The incident is under investigation.

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For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/5th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusnc/.

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