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Oceana-based F/A-18F Super Hornet crashes in Arabian Gulf

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Posted at 1:01 PM, May 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-12 14:06:10-04

Manama, Bahrain – A U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 based at NAS Oceana, crashed at 1:30 p.m. (GMT) Tuesday after launching from the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Arabian Gulf.

The two Naval Aviators on the jet were able to eject from the aircraft. They both survived the crash and were quickly recovered by search and rescue personnel from the ship. Both are being evaluated by medical personnel aboard the ship. Initial reports indicate both are conscious, alert and without serious injury.

The crash was not a result of any hostile activity, the Navy says. The cause of the crash is under investigation

VFA 211 is currently assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CAW) 1 on the USS Theodore Roosevelt. They are currently in the U.S. 5th Fleet supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, conducting strike operations against ISIL in Iraq and Syria.