23 May 2014

Blame for fatal flight deck accident in Red Sea put on warship CO | RallyPoint.com

Military News - Blame for fatal flight deck accident in Red Sea put on warship CO

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By Steven Beardsley
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NAPLES, Italy — After a wave swept a Navy helicopter and two pilots off the flight deck of a destroyer in the Red Sea last year, early reports described a freak accident caused by a “rogue wave.” But a recently released investigation points to the speed of the ship as it changed course, and the admiral overseeing the report has faulted the ship’s commander for the accident.

U.S. Pacific Fleet commanding officer Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. also recommended the Navy review protocols for flight operations on “low freeboard” ships, or those with flight decks that are especially close to the water.

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