The Navy said the San Diego-based ship was training in the eastern Pacific Ocean when the helicopter crashed into the ship’s side and the sunk. No personnel were injured in the mishap.
Damage to the ship is being assessed, but appears to be limited to an area above the waterline, the Navy said, adding that the Charleston is continuing operations.
The 32-foot-long craft was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 based
out of Naval Air Station North Island.