Aircrew in stable condition after US Navy helicopter goes down in Philippine Sea

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Sailors attached to U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) secure wheel chocks and chains to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter.

Sailors attached to U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) secure wheel chocks and chains to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter.

A U.S. Navy aircrew has been rescued after their MH-60S helicopter went down into the Philippine Sea on Saturday.

  • According to a U.S. 7th Fleet press release, all five crew members are in stable condition.
  • Three have been transported to Naval Hospital Okinawa by a Japanese helicopter, and two were returned to USS Blue Ridge by a U.S. Navy helicopter.
  • The MH-60, assigned to the USS Blue Ridge, "went down while conducting routine operations" around 5 p.m. on Saturday.
  • "Three aircrew were recovered by a Japan Air Self-Defense Force UH-60 search and rescue helicopter," the release explained. "And the other two were recovered by a USS Blue Ridge MH-60S helicopter."