Here’s why the U.S. Navy recovered this F/A-18F Super Hornet wreckage from the sea

These photos show that also an aircraft wreckage can be useful to avoid future incidents.

Taken on Jul. 22, 2015 the following interesting pictures feature U.S. Navy Divers and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians, assigned to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1, successfully salvaging an F/A-18F Super Hornet lost at sea aboard USNS Catawba (T-ATF 168).

Noteworthy this aircraft was lost because of a mechanical failure suffered by one of its engines and its salvage will allow a close inspection on the engine that failed.

This F/A-18F (AB 210, BuNo 166814) was assigned to the “Fighting Checkmates” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 and crashed in the Arabian Gulf on May 12, 2015 shortly after its launch from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).

The aircrew ejected safely and was recovered by USS Theodore Roosevelt search and rescue personnel.

Image credit: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arthurgwain L. Marquez / U.S. Navy

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    • “Arabian Gulf” is a made up name that Arab countries promote and America uses, as an alternative to the real name Persian Gulf, for political reasons.

  1. may have occurred more in the past but most things I have read show when one newer engine goes especially if its close to another its going to take out both.

  2. Nowhere in the article is the reason why the plane was salvaged. The closest thing to an explanation is a photo caption talking about inspecting the engine that failed on take off. Other than the avionics and weapons system the only other reason to salvage one of these planes (that I can think of) would be if it had been loaded with live ordinance (other than ammo for the cannons).

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