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High winds blow off F/A-18 Super Hornet from USS Truman aircraft carrier

High winds blow off F/A-18 Super Hornet from USS Truman aircraft carrier
The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Gulf of Oman. Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts, and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor M. DiMartino/Released)

A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet assigned to USS Truman aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea blew off the deck during bad weather.

The Truman was conducting a replenishment-at-sea, an operation in which supplies are transferred from one ship to another while underway when the F-18 was blown overboard. Officials said that a sailor received “minor injuries” during the unexpected heavy weather.

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“All personnel aboard the ship are accounted for,” officials with U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa said Sunday.

Some commenters to a Navy page on the Reddit social media site wanted to know if the fighter jet had been secured to the deck with chains, as is the usual practice aboard an aircraft carrier.

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“I don’t understand. Every officer on those ships is briefed on the weather daily,” another Reddit poster noted. “There is an officer and division whose only job is weather monitoring.” 

The incident remains under investigation. The Truman and its aircraft remain fully mission-capable, Navy officials said.

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The incident is under investigation, according to the Navy. It’s unclear if the aircraft has been recovered or if recovery efforts are underway.

The F/A-18 Super Hornet was assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1.

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