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Marine Osprey wreckage off coast of Australia discovered

An MV-22 Osprey assigned Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 prepares to land on the flight deck of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima. Iwo Jima is participating in Joint Task Force Exercise 08-4 as a part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group.

The wreckage of a  helicopter lost during a training mission off the Australian coast last week has been located, authorities said Monday.

The MV-22 Osprey helicopter crashed off Australia’s east coast on Saturday. Twenty-three  aboard were rescued but three remain missing. The aircraft was found in Shoalwater Bay, off Queensland state.

“Shortly after commencing survey operations in the area, the submerged aircraft was located,” a statement from Australian  Marise Payne said Monday. It added that  divers are assisting with the U.S.-led recovery efforts.

The  chopper was launched from the USS Bonhomme Rischard, an amphibious assault ship, on Saturday. It struck the deck of the USS Green Bay, an amphibious transport ship, and fell into the water.

A search by U.S.  aircraft and boats for the missing men was called off later the same day.

The  Corps referred to the incident as a “mishap” and identified two of the missing  as Lt. Benjamin Cross and Crew Chief Nathan Ordway.

The joint  exercise involved more than 30,000 U.S. and Australian personnel, the Australian  said.

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