Seven people were injured Wednesday when a U.S. Army helicopter crashed on the deck of a Military Sealift Command (MSC) ship during a training exercise off Okinawa, Japan.
According to U.S. Forces Japan, the U.S. Army H-60 helicopter made a “hard deck landing” aboard the USNS Red Cloud (T-AKR-313) at 1:46 p.m. local time Wednesday while the ship was underway approximately 20 miles east of Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost island. The helicopter was conducting a local training mission when the incident occurred.
This could have been a whole lot worse.
It looks like a vanilla UH-60, not a special operations bird. One wonders though, if the troops aboard were from the forward deployed battalion of the 1st Special Forces Group stationed on Okinawa.