By MarEx 2015-08-12 10:36:52
The U.S. Army H-60 helicopter crashed into USNS Red Cloud off Okinawa Island during a training session. Seven people were injured but all 17 crew members were rescued by the Japanese Coast Guard. The injured were transported to the U.S. Naval Hospital at Camp Foster.
The crash occurred as the helicopter attempted a hard deck landing on the Red Cloud, but Japanese officials are still investigating what caused the collision. Japanese patrol boats and helicopters were dispatched for the rescue.
The helicopter’s rear rotor was severed and currently on the deck of the USNS Red Cloud. The Japanese Coast Guard confirmed that no oil leaked into the ocean due to the collision.
Okinawa is 900 miles southwest of Tokyo and home to several U.S. military bases and 27,000 personnel.
The USNS Red Cloud is a 1999-build and is one 19 U.S. military Sealift Command medium-speed RoRo vessels.