The U.S. Navy statement from the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, says a MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter has crashed in the Red Sea and a search is underway for five crew members aboard.
The Navy says an investigation is underway, but there was no hostile activity involved.
SAR: Search teams included aircraft and small boats.
The status of the five personnel on board the helicopter is still being determined.
The crash was not due to any sort of hostile activity.
USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is providing aircraft and small boats for search and rescue assistance.
The incident is under investigation.
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- The fate of the five #Coronado based crew members aboard a U.S. Navy MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter that crashed into the Red Sea on Sunday is still unknown.
- The aircraft is assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6, based at Naval Air Station North Island. The helo was operating with the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence, according to a Navy news release.
- USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is providing aircraft and small boats for search and rescue assistance.
- The helicopter was operating with the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence, which is also based in San Diego, and is part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group.
- The Nimitz was sent into the Red Sea as tensions increased between the U.S. and Syria over the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war.