U.S. Navy  late Sunday identifies aviator killed in Super Hornet crash near Trona California on June 3

The U.S. Navy command in San Diego on Sunday confirmed the unfortunate death of U.S. Navy pilot Lt. Richard Bullock. He was killed when his F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed in the vicinity of Trona, Calif., at approximately 2:30 p.m. (PDT), on June 3.

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 when down in a remote, unpopulated area. No civilians were harmed as a result of this incident. 

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

The Navy mourns this tragic loss alongside Lt. Bullock's family, friends, and shipmates.

Bullock was a native of Montana and was commissioned as a pilot on Oct. 21, 2016. His last duty assignment was with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 in Lemoore. As a student, Bullock trained with VFA Squadron 122 in Lemoore.