An Italian Navy SH-101A (AgustaWestland AW101) helicopter has crash-landed aboard the Navy’s Orizzonte (Horizon) class Destroyer Caio Duilio, on Nov 6.
The incident occurred during a training activity in the Central Tyrrhenian Sea, according to the Navy statement. The six crew members left the helicopter independently and are in good condition, added the statement.
The SH-101A is the Italian military designation for the Maritime Patrol (MP) variant of the AgustaWestland AW101 (earlier called EH101) medium-lift helicopter capable of conducting anti-surface/submarine warfare (ASuW/ASW) mission.
The Italian Navy operates 22 AW101 helicopters, ten SH101As, four EH-101A airborne early warning (AEW) variants, four UH-101A utility variants, and four amphibious support helicopters (ASH).
Caio Duilio (D 554) is one of the two Horizon-class air-defense destroyers operated by the Italian Navy, the other being Andrea Dori (D 553). The class is also called as the Andrea Doria class after the name of the lead ship.
The Horizon-class programme started as the Common New Generation Frigate (CNGF) program between France and Italy. The Italian Navy and the French Navy operates two Horizon-class vessels each.