He is the object of all greed. On Wednesday, November 17, the F-35B stealth aircraft carrying the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth crashed in the Mediterranean. His pilot was able to exit in a timely manner. But the Atlantic Alliance is concerned about the recovery of the plane’s wreckage by Russia and the risk it could pose in its technology.
Officials from the United Kingdom, the United States and NATO promised on Monday, November 22 that the plane could be recovered before Russia. “We’ll get it back first, I guarantee.”, Said General Simon Doran, the top U.S. official on board the aircraft carrier. “We are not worried about his recovery.”, General Tim Ratford, Commander – in – Chief of Allied Forces to Europe, announced his role in the presence of journalists aboard the Mediterranean.
“Very sad incident”
“We are not worried because we are working at this time. There was a concern when the plane crashed, but the pilot is safe, that is the most important thing.”, He added. He did not want to release details of the rescue operation.
The loss of this F-35 is a “Really sad incident (…) a setback”, Said Commander Steve Moorehouse, commander of one of the nine ships involved in the Mediterranean. But, he added, “The reliability of this device and our belief in it and our plan remains the same.”.
The United Kingdom already has 21 U.S. F-35Bs, most of which are assigned to its two aircraft carriers, the HMS Queen Elizabeth and the HMS Prince of Wales. The F-35Bs are a variant of the fifth-generation F-35 that are capable of vertical landing and short takeoff.
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