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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 138-03
March 22, 2003

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IDENTIFIES AMERICAN OFFICER KILLED IN ROYAL NAVY HELICOPTER COLLISION

The Department of Defense announced today the identity of the American officer killed when two Royal Navy Sea King helicopters collided over international waters March 22. Killed was Navy Lt. Thomas Mullen Adams, 27, of La Mesa, Calif.

Adams had been assigned as an exchange officer with the Royal Navy's 849 Squadron since October 2002. The squadron's detachment is currently embarked on the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal.

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