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Jolly Roger Super Hornet Down in Arabian Sea

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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 aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). U.S. Navy Photo.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Jolly Rogers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). U.S. Navy Photo.

The Navy is reporting a F/A-18-F Super Hornet attached to the USS Dwight Eisenhower (CVN-69) carrier strike group went down at 12:20pm local time in the North Arabian Sea on Monday.

“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,” according to a Monday statement from the Navy.

The Super Hornet was part of the Jolly Rogers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA-103), based in Virginia Beach, Va.


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Eisenhower is currently deployed to the Middle East and is the sole U.S. carrier in the region.

The crash is currently under investigation.