Super Hornet Lost in Sea After Being Blown Off USS Truman

A F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 1 blew off the deck of the USS Harry S. Truman on July 8 due to unexpectedly violent weather in the Mediterranean Sea.

The plane and carrier were conducting a “replenishment-at-sea” when the accident happened. The restocking was later terminated through established naval procedures.

According to an update by the US Navy, one sailor aboard the ship incurred minor injuries but is now in stable condition.

The statement said all personnel were accounted for after the incident. An investigation will be conducted to identify the cause, and the ship will continue operations at full mission capacity.

No one was aboard the Super Hornet when it was blown overboard, US Naval Forces Europe-Africa Spokesperson Cmdr. Richlyn Ivey confirmed in an interview with USNI News.

The US 6th Fleet is planning recovery of the plane, Ivey said.

Before this incident, the US Navy retrieved an F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter that sank 12,400 feet under the Pacific in January after it struck a ramp on the USS Carl Vinson’s deck.

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