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A VX-9 F/A-18E Super Hornet similar to the aircraft that crashed in the desert near Trona and Naval Air Weapons Center China Lake. | U.S. Navy Photo

Pilot killed in F-18 Super Hornet crash near Trona

NAVAL AIR FORCES PUBLIC AFFAIRS SAN DIEGO – U.S Navy pilot Lt. Richard Bullock was killed when his F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed in the vicinity of Trona, Calif., at approximately 2:30 p.m. (PDT), June 3.

Lt. Richard Bullock
Lt. Richard Bullock, the pilot killed in the crash on June 3. | U.S. Navy Photo

Bullock was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., and was flying a routine training mission at the time before his aircraft went down in a remote, unpopulated area. No civilians were harmed as a result of this incident.

The incident is currently under investigation and the scene of the crash is secured by Navy and local authorities while recovery efforts are ongoing.

The Navy mourns this tragic loss alongside the family, friends and shipmates of Lt. Bullock.