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Marine Helicopter Crashes in Gulf of Aden; All 25 Rescued

By    |   Wednesday, 03 September 2014 08:49 AM

A large Marine Corps helicopter crashed while trying to land on a Navy ship in the Gulf of Aden, but all 25 aboard the chopper were rescued.

The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed as it attempted to land on the USS Mesa Verde, which has a big landing deck on the back.

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The Associated Press reported the Navy as saying the crash was not the result of hostile activity. The aircraft was transferring troops back to the ship from training in nearby Djibouti.

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

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the USS Mesa Verde, an amphibious transport dock ship based at Norfolk, Virginia, into the Persian Gulf earlier this summer as concern grew over the Islamic State terrorist group's advance on Iraq's capital, Baghdad.

The ship transports and lands Marines and other troops, their equipment and supplies, aided by helicopters and vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.

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