Two US Navy F-18s crash in the Atlantic off North Carolina’s Outer Banks


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Two of the US Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets have crashed off the coast of North Carolina on Thursday, the US Coast Guard confirmed. Their crews have been recovered and taken to a hospital.

 

Four people have been recovered and taken to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, the Virginian-Pilot reported citing Coast Guard Petty Officer Fagal Nifin.

Nifin said the extent of the crew members’ injuries is “unknown.” One of the crew had a leg injury, reported WCTI.

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TWO US NAVY F-18S CRASH IN THE ATLANTIC OFF NORTH CAROLINA’S OUTER BANKS


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Four people have been recovered and taken to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, the Virginian-Pilot reported citing Coast Guard Petty Officer Fagal Nifin.

Nifin said the extent of the crew members’ injuries is “unknown.” One of the crew had a leg injury, reported WCTI.

Search and rescue teams were deployed to the Oregon Inlet area, 25 miles off the North Carolina shore, after reports of two planes colliding around 10:30 ET, according to Norfolk’s WBEC.

Coast Guard officials in Elizabeth City told WCTI that the planes involved were from the Naval Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia. A fishing vessel reportedly assisted with the rescue.

According to the US Navy, two F/A-18F Super Hornets were involved in an “in-flight mishap” at approximately 10:40 ET, during a routine training mission off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

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Japan sub makes first call to Philippines in 15 years amid China tensions


A Japanese submarine made a port call in the Philippines, the first in 15 years, on Sunday in a show of growing military cooperation amid tension triggered by China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea.

One of the newest and largest submarines in the Japanese navy, it was escorted into the former U.S. Navy Base at Subic Bay by two Japanese destroyers on a tour of Southeast Asia.

“This is just an exercise and the main objective is to train the officers,” Captain Hiraoki Yoshino of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force told reporters.

“We don’t have any message to any country,” he said, adding the ship visits were aimed at boosting confidence between the Japan and the Philippines.

China claims almost all the South China Sea, where about $5 trillion of ship-borne trade passes every year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan also have claims.

Japan and China also have conflicting claims over islets in the East China Sea. Japan is increasing its presence in the South China Sea, sending more ships and planes to allies in Southeast Asia, like Vietnam and the Philippines.

http://www.businessinsider.com/r-japan-sub-makes-first-call-to-philippines-in-15-years-amid-china-tensions-2016-4

US plans third patrol near disputed South China Sea islands: report


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The US Navy plans to conduct another passage near disputed islands in the South China Sea in early April, a source familiar with the plan said on Friday, the third in series of challenges that have drawn sharps rebukes from China.

The exact timing of the exercise and which ship would travel inside a 12-nautical mile limit around a disputed island was not immediately clear.

The United States has conducted what it calls “freedom of navigation” exercises in recent months, sailing near disputed islands to underscore its rights to navigate the seas. US Navy officials have said they plan to conduct more and increasingly complex exercises in the future.

The U.S.S. Stennis carrier strike group is currently operating in the South China Sea. The next freedom of navigation exercise is unlikely to be conducted by a carrier like the Stennis, but rather by a smaller ship, the source said.

Experts predict the next US challenge to the various claims in the South China Sea could occur near Mischief Reef, a feature claimed by the Philippines and which was submerged at high tide before China began a dredging project to turn it into an island in 2014.

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US Navy deploys small armada headed by USS Stennis to South China Sea


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According to US Navy news releases during the past 24 hours, the USS Stennis cited ‘South China Sea’ on its dateline, with the crew busy conducting damage control drills and advancement exams.

The small armada traversed the area in late February, the same time when Japan’s Murasame-class destroyer JDS Samidare visited it. On February 4, the group crossed the International Date Line into the US Seventh Fleet’s area of operations, a few weeks after its deployment from Washington in mid-January. The Washington Post reports that thousands of US sailors were also deployed to the area.

Meanwhile, American navy officials have been downplaying the significance of their military presence in the disputed waters.

Our ships and aircraft operate routinely throughout the Western Pacific – including the South China Sea – and have for decades,” US Navy Lt. Cmdr. Clay Doss, a spokesman for US Pacific Fleet said, according to The Navy Times. “In 2015 alone, Pacific Fleet ships sailed about 700 combined days in the South China Sea.

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US NAVY DEPLOYS SMALL ARMADA HEADED BY USS STENNIS TO SOUTH CHINA SEA


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According to US Navy news releases during the past 24 hours, the USS Stennis cited ‘South China Sea’ on its dateline, with the crew busy conducting damage control drills and advancement exams.

The small armada traversed the area in late February, the same time when Japan’s Murasame-class destroyer JDS Samidare visited it. On February 4, the group crossed the International Date Line into the US Seventh Fleet’s area of operations, a few weeks after its deployment from Washington in mid-January. The Washington Post reports that thousands of US sailors were also deployed to the area.

Meanwhile, American navy officials have been downplaying the significance of their military presence in the disputed waters.

“Our ships and aircraft operate routinely throughout the Western Pacific – including the South China Sea – and have for decades,” US Navy Lt. Cmdr. Clay Doss, a spokesman for US Pacific Fleet said, according to The Navy Times. “In 2015 alone, Pacific Fleet ships sailed about 700 combined days in the South China Sea.”

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