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  • F/A-18 Blown Off Flight Deck Into The Sea

    Great...know what this means? Some poor sailor is going to go around everywhere with an F/A-18 tied to his waist with a dummy chord!

    U.S. Navy Fighter Jet Blown Off Aircraft Carrier Into Mediterranean Sea

    BY JOHN FENG ON 7/12/22 AT 6:40 AM EDT00:39

    An advanced fighter aircraft plunged into the Mediterranean Sea after being blown off the deck of an aircraft carrier during "unexpected heavy weather" on Friday, the U.S. Navy said in a statement over the weekend.

    An F/A-18 Super Hornet, one of the Navy's 4.5-generation fighters, "blew overboard" as aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman was conducting a resupply operation, known as a "replenishment-at-sea," which was "safely terminated," according to the July 10 press release from United States Naval Forces Europe-Africa.

    One sailor also received minor injuries during the adverse weather event, but was "in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery," the statement said. The incident was not related to the F/A-18's mishap, U.S. Sixth Fleet spokesperson Cmdr. Richlyn Ivey told the military newspaper Stars and Stripes on Sunday.

    "USS Harry S. Truman and embarked aircraft remain full mission capable. Details and the cause of the incident are under investigation," the Navy said.

    (An F/A-18E Super Hornet lands on the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Ionian Sea on March 8, 2022. The U.S. Navy said an F/A-18 fighter aircraft was blown overboard from the Harry S. Truman into the Mediterranean Sea during “unexpected heavy weather” on July 8.MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST SEAMAN JACK HOPPE/U.S. NAVY)

    The multi-million dollar jet was part of Carrier Air Wing One, which has been deployed with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group since December 2021. Initially bound for the Middle East, Harry S. Truman remained in the Mediterranean as tensions mounted in Eastern Europe, and has since taken part in NATO patrols in the region.

    In January, the Navy lost one of its most advanced F-35C Lightning II's in the South China Sea after a failed landing saw the jet strike the deck of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson before plunging into the sea. The U.S. Pacific Fleet and Naval Sea Systems Command salvaged the fifth-generation fighter from a depth of 12,400 feet in March after more than five weeks.

    Ivey, of the Sixth Fleet, told USNI News on Monday that the Navy was still deliberating how to recover the F/A-18.
    “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
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  • #2
    I bet the Plane Capt's vest wasn't the only thing that was Brown when she was blown off the deck


    • #3
      US Navy recovers jet blown off aircraft carrier from bottom of ocean

      CNN —
      A US Navy team recovered a military jet from a depth of 9,500 feet in the Mediterranean Sea on August 3 after the aircraft had blown overboard during “unexpected heavy weather” in July, a release from US Naval Forces Europe-Africa said.

      The jet was aboard the USS Harry S. Truman, an aircraft carrier, when it blew overboard on July 8, the release said.

      The service members who recovered the aircraft used a remotely operated vehicle to attach “specialized rigging and lift lines” to the jet while it was underwater. After attaching the rigging, the recovery team then attached a lifting hook to the rigging to “raise the aircraft to the surface” of the ocean and “hoist it” onto the multi-purpose construction vessel Everest, a separate motor vessel that can be used for a variety of purposes in the ocean, the release said.

      Once the aircraft had been recovered from the depths of the ocean and put on the MPV Everest, the team transported the aircraft to a “nearby military installation,” the release said. The aircraft will then be transported from the military installation to the US, the release added.

      The team that recovered the aircraft included service members from several different naval units, among them members from Task Force (CTF) 68, Naval Sea Systems Command’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving, service members assigned to the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman, Naval Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic and US Sixth Fleet, the release said.

      “The rapid response of the combined team… allowed us to conduct safe recovery operations within 27 days of the incident,” Lieutenant Commander Miguel Lewis, US Sixth Fleet salvage officer, said in the statement. “Our task tailored team operated safely and efficiently to meet the timeline.”