The crew of the MRH-90 helicopter that crashed near Lindeman Island on Friday night during Exercise Talisman Sabre have been named.
CAPTION: Sailors on the bridge wing HMAS Brisbane scan the horizon during search and rescue operations for an Australian Army MRH-90 helicopter that crashed during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023 in the vicinity of Lindeman Island, Queensland. Photo by Leading Seaman Hannah Linsley.
Chief of Army Lieutenant General Simon Stuart broke the news at a press conference at Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney this afternoon.
The crew, from the Sydney-based 6th Aviation Regiment, are Captain Daniel Lyon, Lieutenant Maxwell Nugent, Warrant Officer Class 2 Joseph Laycock and Corporal Alexander Naggs.
Lieutenant General Stuart said all four families had been consulted and had consented to the release of their names.
Meanwhile, a comprehensive sea and air search around the Whitsundays is continuing.
Yesterday, a major part of the wreckage of the missing MRH-90 Taipan was located near Hamilton Island.
Media footage shows a barge hauling the tail and about half the fuselage of the aircraft, upside down, from the water.
The recovered piece appears to be missing rear and main rotors and half of the fuselage from the back of the main door forward.
Brigadier Damian Hill, Talisman Sabre exercise commander, said the focus of the search was in recovering the full fuselage of the aircraft.
At time of reporting, no bodies have been recovered.
Speaking in Canberra earlier today, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said the loss of the helicopter and its crew was “a stark reminder that there are no safe or easy days for those who serve in our country’s name”.
Brigadier Hill said Exercise Talisman Sabre had recommenced, with the exception of MRH-90 flying operations fleet-wide and special-forces operations in the Whitsundays region.
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