NATO confirms the Canadian helicopter's incident in Ionian Sea, search underway

A NATO spokeswoman confirmed on Wednesday evening an incident involving a Canadian helicopter from a ship under NATO command and says a search-and-rescue operation is underway.

Greek state broadcaster ERT was first to report that a Canadian military helicopter had gone down in the water between Italy and Greece. The broadcaster later said one body had been found.

Canadian military confirms search underway for helicopter after crash reports.The Cyclone helicopter was deployed onboard the Halifax-class frigate HMCS Fredericton and was participating in a NATO exercise off the coast of Greece when the incident occurred, according to the Canadian Armed Forces. The Royal Canadian Air Force’s Cyclone helicopters carry a crew of four, including two pilots, a tactical operator and a sensor operator with space for several passengers. They are primarily based on naval vessels and used for hunting submarines, surveillance and search and rescue.

According to Greek Defense Ministry sources, the aircraft was participating in an Allied naval exercise of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, which is NATO’s standing maritime immediate reaction force.

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