Search Efforts Underway For Downed Helo

Story Number: NNS090521-01Release Date: 5/21/2009 7:08:00 AM
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From U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy is supporting search efforts to locate the HH-60 Seahawk helicopter that went down off the coast of Mexico and Southern California May 19.

A team of experienced search and salvage specialists from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1 will join with U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast. Steadfast is on station in the vicinity of the incident.

Once on site, EODMU 1 personnel will deploy unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) with side-scan sonar technology to locate the downed helicopter. The data collected by the UUVs will be analyzed to identify the debris field.

The HH-60 was attached to Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 6 located in San Diego. HS-6 is part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 assigned to the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group. Nimitz is currently participating in a Composite Unit Training Exercise. The mishap is under investigation.

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