Wreath laying at Navy Memorial in Washington, DC

130917-N-PM781-003 WASHINGTON (Sept. 17, 2013) Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, right, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey place a wreath at the Navy Memorial, as Adm. James A. Winnefeld, Jr., Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, back left, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert look on. The ceremony was held in honor of the victims of the tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard Sept. 16. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arif Patani/Released)

DC Guard F-16s collide, 1 pilot ejects, rescued by US Coast Guard

The District of Columbia Air National Guard based at Joint Base Andrews operates the F-16C/D and is among the units providing combat air patrols over US cities as part of Operation Noble Eagle. The United States Coast Guard Station at Elizabeth City, NC was the first USCG unit to operate the HH-60J/MH-60T multi-mission helicopter.

Coast Guard Rescues F-16 Pilot After Late Thursday Crash

A US Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk. US Coast Guard

An Air National Guard flier is in the hospital with minor injuries after two F-16Cs collided in mid-air late Thursday night, officials with the 113th Wing D.C. Air National Guard told USNI News on Friday.

The collision occurred late Thursday near Chincoteague, Va. One F-16 was able to return to Joint Base Andrews, Md. while the second crashed after the pilot ejected.

The pilot of the crashed plane was recovered by the crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City after being notified by the Coast Guard’s 5th District Command Center and Navy’s Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va.

The crew of the HH-60 Jayhawk from Elizabeth City recovered the pilot from the water and returned the flier to Andrews at about 12:30 a.m. EST.

As of Friday morning, the pilot of the crashed F-16 was at the base hospital with minor injuries, said U.S. Air National Guard Capt. Michael Odle with the 113th.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

http://news.usni.org/2013/08/02/coat-guard-rescues-f-16-pilot-after-late-thursday-crash

Potomac River Command (1957)

Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section, UMO-21.