Lejeune Marines, Sailors Rescued After Helicopter Crashes Near Djibouti

The Navy said a Marine Corps helicopter with 25 on board crashed into the Gulf of Aden during a training exercise, but all on board have been rescued.

The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed Monday in an attempt to land on board the USS Mesa Verde, which has a large landing deck.

The Navy said the crash was not the result of hostile activity, but that the aircraft was transferring troops back to the ship from training in nearby Djibouti.

All 17 Marines and eight Navy sailors were rescued from the water and boarded the USS Mesa Verde.

Military officials said some had minor injuries and were treated on the ship.

Reports indicate those Marines and sailors who were a part of the training exercise are with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, based at Camp Lejeune.


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The Navy says a Marine Corps helicopter with 25 aboard has crashed in the Gulf of Aden, but all aboard have been rescued.

The 17 Marines and eight Navy sailors were recovered and are on board the USS Mesa Verde, and some who sustained minor injuries were treated on the ship.

The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed Monday as it attempted to land on the ship, which has a big landing deck on the back. The Navy said the crash was not the result of hostile activity, but the aircraft was transferring troops back to the ship from training in nearby Djibouti.

We are still waiting on confirmation from Camp Lejeune, but back in June, WITN reported that hundreds of Camp Lejeune Marines with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit were headed out to the Arabian Gulf on board the USS Mesa Verde.


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