Navy says F/A-18 Tremendous Hornet fell off USS Harry S. Truman after ‘surprising heavy climate’


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One of many U.S. Navy’s elite air-fighters, an F/A-18 Tremendous Hornet, was misplaced at sea final week close to Naples, Italy, after it was blown overboard by “unexpected” heavy winds, a Navy official mentioned.

In a press launch, the Navy mentioned an F/A-18 Tremendous Hornet assigned to the united statesHarry S. Truman, an plane provider stationed within the Mediterranean Sea, plunged into the water after “unexpected heavy weather” pushed the fighter jet off the deck.

Nobody was significantly injured throughout the incident and the Navy mentioned all personnel assigned to the ship had been accounted for.

FILE- An F/A18

FILE- An F/A18 “Super Hornet” piloted by Lt. Corey L. Pritchard makes the primary provider touchdown of the brand new airplane July 24, 2002 onboard the united statesAbraham Lincoln.
(Kittie VandenBosch-U.S. Navy/Getty Pictures)

“One Sailor received minor injuries while conducting operations during the unexpected heavy weather. The sailor is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery,” the assertion added.

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The Tremendous Hornet is estimated to price round $57 million.

FILE- The USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier arrives at the French Mediterranean port of Marseille.

FILE- The united statesHarry S. Truman plane provider arrives on the French Mediterranean port of Marseille.
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The Navy mentioned that the fighter jet noticed its first operational use in 2002 when it enforced the “no-fly” zone in Iraq. The fighter jet carries a M61A1/A2 Vulcan 20mm cannon, can attain speeds of Mach 1.8, and is primarily utilized in fighter escort and fleet air protection missions.


FILE- An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from one of four steam powered catapults on the flight deck aboard USS Abraham Lincoln.

FILE- An F/A-18E Tremendous Hornet launches from one among 4 steam powered catapults on the flight deck aboard USS Abraham Lincoln.
(Tyler J. Clements/U.S. Navy/Getty Pictures)

The Navy mentioned the united statesHarry S. Truman and its plane “remain full mission capable.”

Particulars surrounding the reason for the incident are nonetheless being investigated.


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