PHILIPPINE SEA (KSEE/KGPE) — A Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to a NAS Lemoore-based air wing crashed Thursday in the Philippine Sea, according to the U.S. 7th Fleet.
The pilot and weapons officer were assigned to Carrier Air Wing 11 aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt and was conducting routine pilot proficiency training at the time of the crash.
The two aviators aboard the aircraft safely ejected and were quickly recovered, the Navy said. Both aviators were assessed by the medical team aboard the carrier and are in good condition.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
The Roosevelt returned to the sea at the beginning of June after spending more than two months in Guam battling a COVID-19 outbreak that infected more than 1,200 crew members and resulted in one death, according to U.S. Naval Institute News.