U.S. Navy Recovered F-35C from the South China Sea

U.S. Navy Recovered F-35C from the South China Sea
U.S. Navy Recovered F-35C from the South China Sea

The U.S. Navy said Thursday that it had retrieved the F-35C fighter jet that had crashed while landing on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in late January. Navy salvage crews were operating from a commercial salvage. The wreckage was located on international seas, which caused suspicion on the U.S. side with the fear that China would find it recover before them. The Chinese Foreign Ministry, in response, said they "had no interests in their plane."


The plane crashed on the carrier's deck while landing on January 24 while performing routine flying missions in the South China Sea. It eventually tumbled over the deck into the ocean waters, injuring seven crew, including the pilot. 
The Navy said immediately after the tragedy that it would seek to retrieve the plane, which was eventually discovered at a depth of more than two miles. It took 37 days to recover the wreckage.
U.S. Navy Recovered F-35C from the South China Sea
"The wreckage was recovered from a depth of approximately 12,400-feet (3779.52 meters) by a team from CTF 75, and the NAVSEA's Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) embarked on the diving support construction vessel (DSCV) Picasso)," according to a statement from the Navy's Seventh Fleet. 
The plane was retrieved using the CURV-21, a remotely controlled vehicle that connected specialised rigging and lifted lines to the aircraft to be raised by the Picasso crane onboard. 
" The aircraft will be delivered to a nearby military installation to aid in the ongoing investigation and evaluated for potential transport to the United States," according to the statement.