The F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed about 2:30 p.m. EST about 45 miles off the Virginia Beach, Va., coast during routine training, the Navy said in a statement posted on its website.
"The pilot ejected from the aircraft and a life raft deployed," the Navy said. "He was recovered by a fishing vessel. The pilot is conscious and was transported to Sentara Norfolk General by a Navy MH-60 Sea Hawk."
The F/A-18E is a single-seat, twin-engine aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 143, based at Naval Air Station Oceana.
The cause of the crash was under investigation.