PHOTEX: USS Mason, Chinese destroyer ‘Harbin’ conduct counter-piracy exercise

China, US conduct joint anti-piracy drill in Gulf of Aden

Chinese and U.S. soldiers participate in the counter-piracy exercise on the missile destroyer “Harbin” of Chinese navy in the Gulf of Aden, Aug. 25, 2013. The Chinese and U.S. navies conducted a joint counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday and Sunday.(Xinhua/Rao Rao)

Chinese and U.S. soldiers communicate with each other during the counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden, Aug. 25, 2013. The Chinese and U.S. navies conducted a joint counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday and Sunday.(Xinhua/Rao Rao)

Chinese and U.S. soldiers participate in the counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden, Aug. 25, 2013. The Chinese and U.S. navies conducted a joint counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday and Sunday.(Xinhua/Rao Rao)

A soldier participates in the counter-piracy exercise on the missile destroyer “Harbin” of Chinese navy in the Gulf of Aden, Aug. 25, 2013. The Chinese and U.S. navies conducted a joint counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday and Sunday.(Xinhua/Rao Rao)

Photo taken on Aug. 25, 2013 shows the warships participating in a joint counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden. The Chinese and U.S. navies conducted a joint counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday and Sunday. (Xinhua/Rao Rao)

A helicopter of the U.S. navy lands on the missile destroyer “Harbin” of Chinese navy during the counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden, Aug. 25, 2013. The Chinese and U.S. navies conducted a joint counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday and Sunday.(Xinhua/Rao Rao)

The missile destroyer “Harbin” of Chinese navy participates in the counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden, Aug. 25, 2013. The Chinese and U.S. navies conducted a joint counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday and Sunday.(Xinhua/Rao Rao)

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