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Australian Navy To Assist In Marines' Osprey Recovery Operation

08 August 2017, 12:40 | Damon Campbell

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The U.S. military says it has called off the search for three U.S. Marines who are missing after their tilt-rotor aircraft crashed into the sea Saturday off Australia's east coast.

Two of the three missing Marines have been identified by family members as Lt. Banjamin Robert Cross from ME and Corporal Nathan Ordwa from Kansas.

Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said in a statement the submerged aircraft was located "shortly after" Royal Australian Navy survey ship HMAS Melville arrived in Shoalwater Bay.

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.

"Recovery and salvage operations can take several months to complete, but can be extended based on several environmental factors", a statement of the U.S. III Marine Expeditionary Force said. -Australian military training exercise two weeks ago in Shoalwater Bay.

Marine Corps officials in Okinawa announced Sunday it had suspended rescue efforts for the three Marines still missing from the crash.

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In December a year ago, a U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey crash-landed in waters off the main island of Okinawa.

The deployment of Ospreys in Japan is unpopular with local residents, and Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera has asked the USA to ground its Japan-based fleet until the cause of this crash is known.

Of the 26 personnel aboard the aircraft, 23 were rescued. The biennial exercise involved about 30,000 troops and 200 aircraft.

"The Australian forces volunteered their help before we could even ask, demonstrating the deep ties and enduring nature of the alliance between our two countries", Davis said.

Three MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircrafts flying in formation above the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Sydney, Australia, on June 29.

A squadron of Ospreys is based at the Marines' Futenma base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.



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