The Navy has confirmed there were 10 Class A ground mishaps (mishaps that result in more than $2.5 million in damage or the total loss of the aircraft) during a storm Tuesday afternoon. A Sailor, who wished to remain anonymous, informed us that despite all the helicopters being properly tied down, they were “flipped like solo cups.”
They also confirmed there were no injuries in the incident that occurred at Naval Station Norfolk.
30,000lbs helicopter flipped in sudden, violent storm. Norfolk, VA. pic.twitter.com/j4YlvwGn03
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Reports indicated that five MH-60S Knight Hawks, one MH-60R Sea Hawk and four MH-53E Sea Dragons were damaged by high gusting winds or a “microburst.”
The specific version of the helicopters are unconfirmed, but if four of these are indeed the “Sea Dragon,” the legendary workhorse is being phased out. However the initial price point of each was around $59 million dollars.
Witness claim the storm was over in a matter of minutes, yet left hours of work. Thus, preventing the Sailors from leaving work and getting drunk.