A MH-60R Seahawk helicopter crew embarked aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), performed the at-sea rescue of an USS New York (LPD 21) Sailor Sept. 11.
The amphibious transport dock USS New York initiated the successful search and rescue mission after the Sailor failed to report for muster. USS New York, USS Jason Dunham, the guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69), and Coast Guard Cutter Tybee also assisted in search and rescue (SAR) efforts.
The Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM-46) helicopter located the Sailor who was recovered by their SAR swimmer shortly after 11 p.m.
The cause of the incident is currently under investigation. At this time, the Sailor is in the ship’s Medical department for evaluation and observation and is being treated for minor injuries.
New York, Jason Dunham and Vicksburg are currently operating off the coast of South Carolina as part of an Amphibious Readiness Group exercise.