After the wreckage of the F/A-18F Super Hornet had been pulled out of the sea was lowered inverted onto a collection of wooden pallets.
Taken on Jul. 22, 2015 the interesting pictures in this post show the successful salvage an F/A-18F Super Hornet lost at sea aboard USNS Catawba (T-ATF 168).
The F/A-18F (166814/AB-210) belonged to Strike Fighter Squadron 211 (VFA-211) “Fighting Checkmates” and crashed into the Arabian Sea on May 12, 2015 due to an engine malfunction shortly after launch from the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).
Both pilots ejected safely.
After the wreckage of the Super Hornet had been pulled out of the sea was lowered inverted onto a collection of wooden pallets.
The F/A-18F was lost at sea while assigned to a task force dispatched to the region to fight Islamic State as part of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).
Photo credit: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arthurgwain L. Marquez / U.S. Navy