Published: Sun, August 06, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Marines searching for service members after Osprey mishap off Australian coast

Marines searching for service members after Osprey mishap off Australian coast

U.S. Marine officials say a search and rescue operation is underway for service members involved in the "mishap" of an aircraft off the east coast of Australia.

Twenty-three of the 26 personnel aboard the MV-22 Osprey have been rescued. Talisman Saber is a biennial U.S. -Australia bilateral exercise held off the coast of Australia meant to achieve interoperability and strengthen the U.S. -Australia alliance.

The MV-22 was deployed to Queensland as part of "Talisman Sabre", a military exercise involving 33,000 personnel, 33 ships and 200 aircraft from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Canada.

Three service members are missing after a Marine Corps aircraft carrying more than two dozen people crashed off the Australian coast on Saturday.

Minister for Defence Marise Payne confirmed in a statement late on Saturday night that no Australian Defence Force personnel were on board the aircraft. It also has the ability to travel much faster than a helicopter.

CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has tweeted about the incident, reporting Marine Corps have announced a search and rescue after the MV-22 crash.

"The United States are leading the search and recovery effort", Senator Payne said.

She said she had spoken to USA defence secretary James Mattis "to offer Australia's support in any way that can be of assistance". They have been involved in a series of high-profile crashes in recent years.

The publication reports the helicopter was attempting to land on the U.S.S Ronald Reagan when the incident occurred.

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