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Published: Sun, August 06, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

US Military searches for three lost Marines

US Military searches for three lost Marines

An MV-22 Osprey crashed into the ocean after launching from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), according to Pentagon officials.

Twenty-three of them have been rescued, but a search and rescue effort for the remaining three.

The tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey has a reputation within the US military as being a particularly accident-prone aircraft.

It was in Australia for the recent Talisman Sabre military exercise - a biennial event involving Australia and the United States, which involved more than 30,000 troops and 200 aircraft.

Australia's Defence Minister, Marise Payne, said she had spoken to her USA counterpart, James Mattis, and confirmed the incident happened near Shoalwater Bay, off the coast of Queensland.

Both ships and aircraft have been scrambled to aid the search operation. Four Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey aircraft arrived in Australia at the end of April from the U.S. Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268.

"The circumstances of the mishap are now under investigation", the release states.

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Australia's defence minister, Marise Payne, confirmed that no Australian servicemen were on board.

Of the 26 crew members aboard, 23 have been recovered so far.

This is not the first incident related to USA military aircraft this summer.

The United States and Australia have a long history of military partnership, including cooperation in the coalition during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

However, in a message posted to the unit's Facebook account Saturday, MRF-D officials said no troops assigned to the rotation were involved in the V-22 incident.

'Our thoughts are with the crew and families affected'.

The recent joint military exercise took place largely in Shoalwater Bay and involved more than 30,000 USA and Australian personnel, according to Australian Defense Department. And in January, three US soldiers were wounded in the "hard landing" of an Osprey in Yemen. Last month, a cargo plane carrying 15 Marines and one sailor crashed in western MS, killing all aboard.

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