Wednesday, May 20, 2009

US Navy Chopper Down

Taken from Neptunus Lex

Downed Navy Helicopter Update
Story Number: NNS090520-09
Release Date: 5/20/2009 1:41:00 PM

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.

Rest In Peace Sailors. Your ultimate sacrifice will not go unnoticed by my family or I.

My kid is Aircrew and this just hits too close to home.


Mrs. Bunker said...

Thanks to your daughter for doing the work. Thanks to you for letting her go.

peedee said...

Thanks, that means a lot.

And it was either join the circus or the Navy. I'm kinda glad she joined the Navy. Saying I'm a proud circus mom just doesnt have the same ring to it. ;)

Gia's Spot said...

Well if certain polico's have their way, they will be one and the same! My family men were all Navy... hee hee has she crossed the equator yet? Do they still "do that" or has it too become not politically correct? Give her high five for me!

peedee said...

Gia, my fear as well is the degradation of our National Military. And she's Aircrew, so she'll be flying on P-3's as an inflight "electrician" if you will. No ships for her. Its a pretty cushy job as far as the Navy goes.

And thank your military men for me!