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China will rescue you… U.S. F-35 crashes in South China Sea

The F-35, the latest stealth aircraft from the United States, deployed in the South China Sea

picture explanationThe F-35, the latest stealth aircraft from the United States, deployed in the South China Sea

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CNN reported on the 26th that the U.S. Navy is preparing for an operation to recover the latest stealth fighter F-35, which fell into the South China Sea, ahead of China.

It’s a very complex operation, and China will also monitor it closely, CNN said.

Earlier on the 24th, an F-35C fighter jet during training in the South China Sea fell into the sea after crashing on the deck of the ship Carl Vinson.

The pilot made an emergency escape, and six sailors working on the deck were injured.

F-35C stealth fighters converted for the US Navy are worth $100 million (about 119.7 billion won).

The U.S. Navy did not disclose details of the F-35C raid.

However, US 7th Fleet spokeswoman Nicholas Ringo told CNN that “we are preparing for an operation to recover the F-35C aircraft related to the Carl Vinson accident.”

There was no official statement from the Chinese side regarding the accident, but experts say they will definitely want to see the F-35.

The exact location of the plane’s crash is unknown, but China claims exclusive sovereignty over much of the South China Sea. China has fortified the reefs and islands in the South China Sea, claiming it belongs to them.

US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Carl Vinson

picture explanationUS nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Carl Vinson

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“China will use submarines and submersibles to thoroughly locate and investigate the crash site,” said Carl Schuster, former director of operations at the US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center. .

“If China salvages the F-35 as civilian and Coast Guard assets, it can claim to recover potential environmental hazards or foreign military equipment from its territorial waters (in the South China Sea),” he said.

However, since such a move will have different political risks, experts predict that China will not be hasty.

Colin Koh, a research fellow at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam Graduate School of International Studies, said: “Doing this openly risks exacerbating tensions with the United States.

Koh added, “We can expect that China will continue to monitor the US salvage and retrieval operations and roam like a shadow.”

Schuster said it would take several months to recover, depending on the depth of the F-35 crash site, but said the US Navy would remain and work in the waters during that time.

When asked whether the US could simply use torpedoes or explosives to destroy the wreckage, experts said the odds were slim, CNN reported.

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