"Search and rescue personnel are on the scene and the status of the pilot is currently unknown," Lt. Cmdr. Lydia Bock, a spokesperson for the Joint Strike Fighter Wing, said in a statement.
The F / A-18 had been assigned to the 'Vigilantes' of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) based at Naval Air Station Lemoore
US Naval Air Forces had issued a tweet earlier
The status of the pilot is currently underway.
"At approximately 10:00 am PST at F / A-18E crashed near @NAWS_CL. Search-and-rescue efforts are underway," Naval Air Forces Twitter account.
A spokesperson for the Inyo County Sheriffs' Office, Carma Roper, told CNN they were helping to secure the area.
Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake is located in the Western Mojave Desert region of 1
The F / A-18 strike fighter forms the backbone of the Navy's jet fleet and the Super Hornet became operational in 2001.