US Navy Races Against the Russians After $135 Million Stealth Jet Crashes in International Waters

US Navy Races Against the Russians After $135 Million Stealth Jet Crashes in International Waters


A British F-35B jet crashed in international waters in the southern Mediterranean on Wednesday, and now the U.K. and U.S. militaries are teaming up to recover the plane that holds millions of dollars worth of sensitive technology.

The F-35, the U.K.’s most advanced stealth fighter jet, was one of 18 aboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Eight belonged to the U.K., and 10 were deployed by the U.S., according to The Guardian.

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The Queen Elizabeth was returning from a deployment in the Far East when the jet crashed into waters about a mile deep while taking off, the Independent reported.

The crash came during “routine flying operations,” according to the U.K. Ministry of Defense.

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