Navy releases first photos of Chinese balloon recovery

WASHINGTON: Underwater Use Unmanned aircraftbattleships and inflatable ships, the Navy is conducting a vast operation to collect all the pieces of the Chinese giant spy balloon A US fighter jet was shot down off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday.
In the latest images released by the Navy on Tuesday, sailors from Explosive Disposal Group 2 are seen leaning over in an inflatable boat with a rigid hull and pulling wide swaths of outer fabric. white color and shell structure of the balloon.
The head of the United States Northern Command, General Glen VanHerckTeams were taking precautions to protect against the possibility that any part of the balloon was armed with explosives, said Monday.
The balloon is estimated to be 200 feet (60 meters) tall and carries a long sensor package underneath, which VanHerck estimates is about the size of a small area jet.
The Navy is also using the ship to map and scan the seafloor to find all the remaining parts of the balloon, so US analysts can get a full picture of the type of sensor that’s missing. China is using and to better understand the maneuvering of hot air balloons.
VanHerck said the wreckage of the balloon was scattered in waters about 50 feet (15 meters) deep, but spread over an area the length of 15 football fields and 15 football fields wide.


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