Two Enterprise F-14s Return Safely After Colliding

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Story Number: NNS040203-02

Release Date: 2/3/2004 9:22:00 AM

From Commander, Joint Forces Maritime Component Commander/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Two F-14A Tomcats operating from USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in the Red Sea collided with each other while conducting basic daytime fighter maneuvers Feb. 2.

No one was injured during the incident, and both aircraft landed safely aboard Enterprise.

One F-14 sustained minor damage to its right wingtip, and the other's right vertical stabilizer had nearly been sheared off. The Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 F-14s are "Checkmates" from Fighter Squadron (VF) 211, home-based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.

The incident is under investigation, and Enterprise is still able to continue its present mission.

The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group is currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

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