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Old 14th Oct 2021, 00:38
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Australian Navy helicopter crashes in Philippine Sea

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Three Royal Australian Navy officers have suffered minor injuries after their helicopter crashed over the Philippine Sea overnight.

Defence Minister Peter Dutton confirmed to 2GB on Thursday that the HMAS Brisbane was nearby, and rescued the three navy personnel.

Mr Dutton said an investigation will be carried out urgently to assess “what went wrong”.

“We want to learn the lessons (from this),” Mr Dutton said.

The aircraft was operating from HMAS Brisbane as part of a regional presence deployment with HMAS Warramunga, when the crew were forced to perform an emergency landing in the water.

HMAS Brisbane deployed boats and were able to rescue the crew within 20 minutes.

Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond commended the crews of both ships for their quick response to the emergency.

“The successful rescue is credit to the devotion to duty and skill of the officers and sailors of HMAS Brisbane,” he said.

“Their immediate actions ensured the survival of the aircrew, validating the significant training undertaken in the event an emergency of this nature occurs.”

Both ships continue to search the area for any debris, which will aid in determining the cause of the incident.

Rear Admiral Hammond said as a precaution, flying operations of the MH-60R Seahawk fleet have been temporarily suspended.

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Old 14th Oct 2021, 16:22
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No doubt the 'Lessons learned' will be very similar to previous lessons learned which were promptly forgotten
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Old 14th Oct 2021, 17:59
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Very lucky people

I wouldn't like to ditch at night on an aircraft that hasn't got any flotation kit.... Which given the role of the SH60 is more than surprising and I am sure wouldn't be acceptable in RN service
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Old 14th Oct 2021, 23:50
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No doubt the 'Lessons learned' will be very similar to previous lessons learned which were promptly forgotten
Bit hard to think of any accident that didn't have an antecedent, a new class of students come along and have yet to learn of those antecedents, hopefully they do before they have to confront the very same circumstances.
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Old 15th Oct 2021, 09:51
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Does anybody know the helo model involved?
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Old 15th Oct 2021, 10:31
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Does anybody know the helo model involved?
MH-60R Seahawk
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Old 15th Oct 2021, 21:26
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Much more here:
RAN MH-60R crew safe after ditching
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Old 16th Oct 2021, 12:05
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No doubt the 'Lessons learned' will be very similar to previous lessons learned which were promptly forgotten
Before I left the RAF they stopped using the term ‘lessons learned’ and they changed it to ‘lessons identified’. This was in acknowledgment of the fact that they were rarely implemented and often repeated.
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Absolutely Baldeep
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