Pacific Recovery Team Finds Crashed Osprey, 3 Marines Still Missing

Jerome Frank
August 8, 2017

"The Australian Government remains prepared to offer further support as required and our [Australian Defence Force] remains at short notice readiness to support any further requests", Payne said.

Cross said his brother was devoted to his family and the Marine Corps, but would also do anything for anybody who needed help.

The 31st MEU - based out of Okinawa, Japan - comprises roughly 2,200 Marines and U.S. Navy sailors. The missing Marines' next of kin have been notified. The ship's small boats and other aircraft immediately responded, the statement said.

One of the three Marines believed to have died in an MV-22 Osprey crash off the coast of Australia was a ME native.

On Sunday the US Marine Corps said recovery and salvage operations could take months to complete, while the cause of the crash was being investigated.

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The MV-22 aircraft had launched from the USS Bonhomme Richard and was conducting regular operations when it fell, the statement said. It was not clear if the Marines were recovered in the wreckage of the found aircraft. The Osprey was approaching the USS Green Bay, an amphibious transport dock ship, about 4 p.m. local time when it hit the water with 26 Marines aboard, according to the Marines.

Australian Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne said Australian Defence Force (ADF) capabilities had been deployed to assist.

The latest incident is the 10th known crash involving an Osprey - an aircraft that takes off and lands like a helicopter but flies like an aeroplane - since 1991.

The 26-year-old Marine had been based in Okinawa for the past year but had spent the last three months training in Australia, the paper wrote, citing family members. And in January, three US soldiers were wounded in the "hard landing" of an Osprey in Yemen. Last December, a USA military Osprey crash-landed off Japan's southern island of Okinawa.

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