U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Crashes in the Philippine Sea
Photo credit: U.S. Navy photo by Zachary Wheeler, 3rd class mass communications specialist
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A U.S. Navy F / A-18F strike fighter crashed in the Philippine Sea.
Both pilots were safely rescued and returned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
The Roosevelt recently spent two months at the Guam pier while the Navy dealt with a COVID-19 outbreak aboard the giant ship.
An F / A-18F Super Hornet strike fighter assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt crashed during a training exercise. The two crew members were recovered through search and rescue and returned to the carrier, where they were reported in good condition by the U.S. Navy.
The crash occurred on June 18 during what the Navy called "routine pilot training" on the Philippine Sea. News from the US Navy Institute reported that the fighter was probably assigned to VFA-154, the "Black Knights" of Carrier Air Wing 11. The crew was successfully ejected and pulled out of the sea by an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8.
Photo credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel M. Young
The incident is the fourth crash of a U.S. military jet in just over a month. On May 15, an F-22 Raptor crashed at Eglin Air Force Base. Four days later, an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was lost at Eglin Air Force Base. On June 15, an U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle crashed into the North Sea, tragically killing the pilot.
The two-seat fighter was assigned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt, one of three aircraft carriers currently patrolling the western Pacific. The USS Roosevelt, USS Nimitz and USS Reagan are all in the region to demonstrate their power after a number of US Navy warships have been put out of action by COVID-19 outbreaks.
The USS Roosevelt was rerouted to Guam on March 27 after several crew members were diagnosed with the coronavirus. Ship captain Brett Crozier was released from his command after a memo was released warning the naval leadership of the growing outbreak. Ultimately, 1,156 crew members tested positive and one died from the disease.
Photo credit: Sergeant 3rd Class Conner Blake
Roosevelt left Guam Naval Base in late May. The remaining crew should wear masks, redevelop the public areas and maintain social distance. There is no indication that the ship's battle with the corona virus is in any way related to the crash of the fighter jet.
US aircraft carriers typically sail with four fighter squadrons flying either the single-seat F / A-18E or the two-seat F / A-18F Super Hornet.
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