Search continues for Crewmembers of Crashed U. S. Navy Helicopter in Mediterranean

Gaeta, Italy - USS Hayler (DD 997) continues its search and rescue efforts for the crew of the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter, which crashed this morning in the Mediterranean Sea.

Search efforts, which have included Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) from both Hayler and USS Ross (DDG 71), a P-3 Orion from Patrol Squadron Ten and a nearby British C-130 which was vectored to the area as well as a C-130 from Greece, have thus far found only an oil slick and debris believed to be from the helicopter. Hayler lost radar contact and communications with the Mayport, FL home ported SH-60B Seahawk helicopter, approximately 80 nautical miles west of Greece.

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