A Cyclone Sikorsky CH-148 helicopter based on the Canadian frigate Fredericton crashed while operating in waters between Greece and Italy on the 29th of April.
NATO say that Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 ships and their associated air assets from Canada, Italy and Turkey are supported in their search operations by Allied maritime and air components from Greece, Italy, and the United States.
“HMCS Fredericton is a unit of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) and had recently sailed from Souda, Greece to continue with their mission of maritime situational awareness in the Mediterranean. SNMG2 performed several exercises with units of the Turkish Navy followed with exercises with the Hellenic Navy and Air Force this past week. Details about personnel on board the helicopter will be released in accordance with national procedures.”
It is understood that rescue teams are searching international waters off Greece’s Kefalonia island.
NATO say that SNMG2 is one of four standing forces that comprise the maritime component of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), which is part of the NATO Response Force (NRF).