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January 14, 2016 CH-53E Mishap

Update 12:

Date: January 25, 2016

 

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 held a memorial service honoring 12 of its Marines aboard Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, today. Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters were involved in an incident off of the North Shore of Oahu, Jan 14., resulting in a five-day search for the Marines. The Coast Guard suspended the search on Jan. 19.  A high definition version of the memorial service, along with other images, is available via DVIDS: https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/CH53incident#.VqbX0zZ-Ois

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Update 11:

Date: January 22, 2016

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII -A memorial service honoring the lives of the 12 fallen Marines of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 will be held at Hangar 102, Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Jan. 22.

The memorial service will be hosted by Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 and is intended to be a unit memorial that Marines, service members, and dependents of MCB Hawaii may attend.  Although we welcome the outpouring of support from the general public we must restrict attendance for this event.

The memorial will be available to the public through the following live stream link on Youtube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnrtyPn637o. The live stream is titled "HMH-463 Honors 12 Marines in Memorial Service".

The public may observe their own moment of silence at approximately 11 a.m.

The Governor of the State of Hawaii has ordered the flags of the United States and State of Hawaii be flown at half-staff for five days from sunrise on Friday, January 22, to sunset on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016.  Marine Corps Base Hawaii will also fly its flag at half-staff.

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Update 10:

Date: January 21, 2016

The Coast Guard has established a safety zone consisting of all waters extending one nautical mile in all directions around the location of the salvage operations being conducted on the North Shore.

Read the Notice of Temporary Safety Zone Enforcement here: Marine Safety Information Bulletin 16-003

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Update 9:

Date: January 19, 2016

Coast Guard to suspend search at sunset for 12 Marine aviators off North Shore, Oahu

HONOLULU - The Coast Guard will suspend the active search at sunset Tuesday for the 12 Marine aviators of Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron 463 off the North Shore of Oahu.

"A decision to suspend searching without finding survivors is extremely difficult given the depth of its impact and I know I speak for the entire Coast Guard when I say our thoughts and prayers are with Marine Corps helicopter squadron and particularly with families and loved ones of those missing," said Capt. Jim Jenkins, chief of staff and acting commander, Coast Guard 14th District. "I want to thank all our partners, the Navy, Army, the National Guard, the Hawaii Fire, Police and Ocean Safety for their extraordinary professionalism. I am proud of my Coast Guard crews and most of all thank you to the Marines for your leadership and partnership during this case. I emphasize that as we suspend the search, we pass the baton to the Marine Corps for any follow on actions. We stand ready to support any future maritime operations, and we will continue to provide any comfort we can for those suffering from this terrible loss."

As of sunset Tuesday, the Coast Guard and military partners will have conducted a cumulative search effort of 40,530 sq. nautical miles, plus the extensive shoreline effort by the Honolulu Fire and Police Departments with Ocean Safety Lifeguard Service. More than 130 individual searches were conducted over five days, a continuous sustained search effort of 115 hours.

Read the full release via the U.S. Coast Guard website: http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2777190/

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Update 8:
Date: January 19, 2016 HST

Q: Who do I contact if I find debris or have information on the mishap? What about on other islands?
A: If you locate any debris on Oahu from the CH-53E mishap, please note the location and call Marine Corps Base Hawaii Emergency Operations Center at 808-257-8458 or 808-257-3023. If residents on Kauai locate any debris, please note the location and contact the Kauai Police Department on their non-emergency phone number at 808-241-1711.  Please do not disturb the debris or use the previously published Coast Guard number.

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Update 7:
Date: January 19, 2016 HST

Unified Command Press Conference 
1st MARINE AIRCRAFT WING, MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii - The Coast Guard and Marine Corps will host a press conference at 4 p.m. HST, 19 Jan. on Marine Corps Base Hawaii at the Pacific War Memorial.

Media interested in attending should RSVP to mcbh.eoc.pao.fct2 to gain base access.

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Update 6:
Release number: 16-005
Date: January 16, 2016 HST

Press Conference by 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Commanding General

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII – The commanding general of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Brig. Gen. Russell A. C. Sanborn will deliver remarks on the search and rescue operation in a press conference at 12:00 p.m. HST on January 17, 2016 at Hale'iwa Alii Beach Park. 

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Update 5:

Marines identified in CH-53E helicopter incident over Hawaii

Search and rescue efforts continue for twelve U.S. Marines after their two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters impacted the water off the coast of Oahu's Waimea Bay along the North Shore the evening of Jan. 14, 2016.

The twelve Marines are:

Maj. Shawn M. Campbell, 41, College Station, Texas.
Capt. Brian T. Kennedy, 31, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Capt. Kevin T. Roche, 30, St. Louis, Missouri.
Capt. Steven R. Torbert, 29, Florence, Alabama.
Sgt. Dillon J. Semolina, 24,Chaska, Minnesota.
Sgt. Adam C. Schoeller, 25, Gardners, Pennsylvania.
Sgt. Jeffrey A. Sempler, 22, Woodruff, South Carolina.
Sgt. William J. Turner, 25, Florala, Alabama.
Cpl. Matthew R. Drown, 23, Spring, Texas.
Cpl. Thomas J. Jardas, 22, Fort Myers, Florida.
Cpl. Christopher J. Orlando, 23, Hingham, Massachusetts.
Lance Cpl. Ty L. Hart, 21, Aumsville, Oregon.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marines and their families as we continue search and rescue efforts.

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Update 4:

A website has been created to consolidate information related to the Marine CH-53E helicopter incident over Hawaii and is available  here: https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/CH53incident#.VptQOzbUjxg

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Update 3:
If you locate any debris from the CH-53E mishap, please note the location and call Marine Corps Base Hawaii Emergency Operations Center at 808-257-8458 or 808-257-3023. Please do not use the previously published Coast Guard number. Thank you for your support and concern during this difficult time.

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Update 2:
We've received many calls asking for information on the notification process or where families can go for up-to-date information. Marine Corps Casualty Assistance Call Officers will conduct a notification to the next of kin of the missing Marines to inform the immediate family members of their loved one's status.

We encourage families to contact the C.A.A.R.E Center at (808) 257-7780/8803/8804/8805 or monitor the CH-53E Mishap site for updates. The C.A.A.R.E Center offers counseling, support and childcare for anyone affected by the mishap.

There is an active search and rescue operation ongoing for two CH-53E helicopters off the coast of Oahu. The CH-53E's involved in the incident were carrying a total of 12 Marine crew members. The incident is tragic and felt deeply in the Marine Corps community.

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Update 1:

 The Marine Corps can confirm there is an active search and rescue operation ongoing for two CH-53E helicopters off the coast of Oahu. The CH-53E's involved in the incident were carrying a total of 12 Marine crew members. The incident is tragic and felt deeply in the Marine Corps community.

Families affected by the CH-53E mishap may utilize the C.A.A.R.E Center located at Building 216 on Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  The C.A.A.R.E Center offers counseling, support and childcare for anyone affected by the mishap.  Please stop by their office or call them at (808) 257-7780/8803/8804/8805.

Updates, as they are released, will be posted here: http://www.mcbhawaii.marines.mil/News/PressReleases.aspx

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Release number: 16-003

Date: January 15, 2016

Marine CH-53E helicopter incident over Hawaii

1st MARINE AIRCRAFT WING, MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Hawaii - The Marine Corps can confirm there is an active search and rescue operation ongoing for two CH-53E helicopters off the coast of Oahu. The CH-53E's involved in the incident were carrying a total of 12 Marine crew members.

The U.S. Coast Guard is currently conducting search and rescue operations and will be joined in their search efforts by Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing under a Unified Search and Rescue Command.

We ask the public to not touch any debris that comes ashore from the CH-53s that crashed and to respect any cordons that the Honolulu Fire Department and Police have established. Please note the location of debris and we will provide you a number to call very shortly.

The aircraft are from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, MAG 24, 1st MAW from Marine Corps Base Hawaii. We will provide more details as they become available.