Eisenhower Jet Crashes, Two Aircrew Safely Eject


Story Number: NNS130408-01Release Date: 4/8/2013 7:24:00 AM
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From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain (NNS) -- No one was injured when an F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed into the water while operating near USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in the North Arabian Sea, April 8.

Search and Rescue (SAR) swimmers from an SH-60F of HS-5 "Night Dippers" recovered the two aircrew and safely delivered them back to the carrier.

The two aircrew, from VFA-103 "Jolly Rogers" based in Virginia Beach, Va., safely ejected from their jet when it incurred an engine failure at 12:20 p.m. local time.

Eisenhower is homeported in Norfolk, Va., and is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

This incident is under investigation.

STORY COMMENTS6 COMMENTS
4/9/2013 8:30:00 AM
How about a follow up on the brave Rescue Swimmers who jumped into the shark and sea snake infested waters to save them. Glad that the pilots were rescued and no fatalities but lets give some credit to the guys that saved them from the perilous sea!

4/9/2013 7:19:00 AM
Thank God no one was hurt......This deployment won't end soon. enough. Love you Michael John be safe and see you on good old USA soil soon

4/8/2013 10:14:00 PM
Glad to hear safe and all back on board...way to go rescue guys -

4/8/2013 4:21:00 PM
GODSPEED to all those aboard the USS Eisenhower, glad to hear everyone is safe. I will keep everyone in my prayers, especially my sailor and her Wildcats! HOOYAH IKE!!!

4/8/2013 2:41:00 PM
Very dangerous job. I was on Ike from 93-97. Hope those pilots are alright, those ejections are violent and pose great risk. Good luck and fair winds and following seas, shipmates!

4/8/2013 11:44:00 AM
To all aboard my old home from 79 - 83 - Please be safe and may you ALL have "Fair winds, and following seas"

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An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Jolly Rogers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).
130324-N-MD211-360 NORTH ARABIAN SEA (March 24, 2013) An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Jolly Rogers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) on the ship's first day of combat air sorties of 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dwight D. Eisenhower is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lauren Booher/Released)
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