A combined Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and United States Navy (USN) search and recovery team arrived at the CH-148 Cyclone crash site early this morning. It is approximately 220 nautical miles east of Catania, Sicily.
The United States Navy’s REMORA III remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) dove to a depth of 3143 meters and quickly found a large piece of the fuselage. Remains of our fallen CAF personnel were also found in the vicinity of the wreckage.
“While early search efforts have been met with a degree of success, the operation is complex and may continue for some time before we are able to determine that all critical requirements have been met to cease recovery efforts. In cooperation with the RCAF, we will continue to keep the families and Canadians informed of the search results as it progresses in the days ahead.” said Rear-Admiral Craig Baines, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic
Over the next hours and days, the recovery team will continue their search for the fallen crew and additional wreckage.
“This is encouraging news. We do not leave our fallen behind, and recovering Stalker 22’s crew is of the utmost importance to all of us in the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence. Retrieving the helicopter itself will also go a long way in helping us to understand what occurred on April 29. I commend the combined CAF-US Navy search team for their professionalism and singular devotion to this task, and my thoughts remain with the loved ones of our fallen comrades.” said Lieutenant-General Mike Rouleau, Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command