US Navy Chopper Crashes in Pacific Ocean, Near Guam

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

According to Fox News, a U.S. Navy chopper went down in the Pacific Ocean, just 24 miles east of the coast of Guam. This happened Thursday, while the Navy was conducting flight operations.

There is an investigation in place to find out what exactly when wrong, causing the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter to crash. However, it is still unclear at the moment.


However, there is good news in the midsts of the crash. The entire crew was safely recovered via the USS Dewey. The crew, which included two pilots and one air crewman, did not sustain any serious injuries.

The incident comes less than a week after a Navy F/A-1 Super Hornet crashed while attempting to land aboard USS Carl Vinson while heading north to waters off the Korean Peninsula. The pilot of that jet suffered only minor injuries.

Navy reports:

The incident occurred as the MH-60R helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78, currently embarked aboard Dewey, was conducting routine flight operations. The incident is currently under investigation. The crew is being assessed by the medical team on board Dewey and there are no apparent injuries at this time.

Dewey and embarked HSM 78, along with USS Sterett (DDG 104) and embarked HSM 49, are currently deployed as a part of the Sterett-Dewey Surface Action Group (SAG) and departed San Diego for the Western Pacific Mar. 31.

It could have been much worse! Thankfully our men are safe!

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