On Sunday, the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 73) docked at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
The ship’s commanding officer, Rear Adm.
Jonathan White, was on his way to visit his wife, the academy’s Vice Adm., when he received a call from the vice admiral.
White was supposed to be there with his son, the ship’s senior communications officer, to attend the school’s graduation ceremony.
Instead, White was on the phone with a senior communications official from the UESF, the U-2 spy plane.
The plane was in the process of flying the USS Truman (CV-64) to the academy.
“We’re going to have a ref.”
The official said, according to a transcript of the call obtained by CNN.
“I’m on the other line.
I need to speak to you on this.”
“I need you to call me back.”
White says, “I’m at the academy, we have a problem, I’m on call right now.
Can you call back and we’ll talk?”
The official replied, “Sure.”
White then got on the line again.
The next day, White and another senior communications officials from the Navy and Air Force called the academy and reported the call.
A spokesman for the academy told CNN that White had been “out of the office for several days” but the academy didn’t have an explanation for why he had been called away.
In a statement to CNN, the Academy said that its “first priority is the safety and well-being of our officers and staff.”
“We have taken steps to protect the privacy of the people we work with, including through the use of electronic communications,” the statement said.
White, who had been in the U.-2 spy planes service for 20 years, was “one of the most highly regarded senior officers on the ship,” the academy said in a statement.
He had served on the UARS (U.S.-Australian Submarine Rescue Squadron) squadron for eight years and was the ship commander, it said.
“The incident at the Academy has been thoroughly investigated and the findings are under review,” the spokesman said.
A Navy spokesman said that White was the only officer on the aircraft involved in the incident, which took place around 4:20 p.m. local time, and that the plane was “resupplied and in normal operation.”
The aircraft was flying low to avoid radar and other threats, the spokesman added.
The plane is a modified UARS U-3.
It’s a long-range spy plane, with a radar system that can detect the movements of submarines and other targets at a range of around 100 miles.
The Air Force has said it will take action against the ship, and said it is investigating how it got into the URS fleet.
The Pentagon has said that the incident was not the result of human error, and the Navy is also looking into the incident.