US Military Calls off Search for 3 Missing Marines

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"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.

Twenty-three people were rescued from the crash, the statement said.

"He would sacrifice himself in a minute to make sure that his fellow service members were safe", Cross said. Rescue efforts were called called off Sunday and USA officials were now calling the search a recovery effort. The third has not yet been publicly identified.

The HMAS Melville detected the location of the crashed Osprey on Sunday, and an embarked dive team from the Royal Australian Navy is now beginning recovery operations near the site, officials from III Marine Expeditionary Force said early this morning. 23 others were rescued.

The US Marine Corps said they were investigating the accident.

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The aircraft had taken off from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) amphibious assault ship and was on regular operations when it crashed, according to the Marine Corps.

According to ABC News, the Marines' next of kin had been notified, and Australia's defense force was assisting the Americans with the recovery effort.

"I can confirm no Australian Defence Force personnel were on board the aircraft", Payne said in a statement.

The aircraft, which lands and takes off like a helicopter but flies like an airplane, has a checkered past. He had been stationed in Okinawa, Japan for about a year and had been in Australia for the last three months participating in the joint Australia-United States military training exercise, Talisman Saber. The Osprey deployments, along with other us military investments, "are specifically for the defense of Japan" and other American allies in the Pacific, he added. And in January, three USA soldiers were wounded in the "hard landing" of an Osprey in Yemen.

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