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Search-And-Rescue Efforts For 3 Missing Marines Shift To Recovery Operations After Aviation Mishap
On Saturday evening, the Marine Corps stated it had suspended search-and-rescue operations for three Marines involved in the MV-22 Osprey mishap off the coast of Australia.
A Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey attempting to land on an amphibious ship crashed in the southeast Pacific on Aug. 5, sending its 26 occupants into the water. Twenty-three of the 26 occupants were rescued. By Saturday evening, the Corps released a statement saying operations looking for the three Marines had shifted to recovery efforts.
"As the sea state permits, recovery efforts will be conducted to further search, assess and survey the area, in coordination and with assistance from the Australian Defence Force," the Marine Corps said in a statement. "Recovery and salvage operations can take several months to complete, but can be extended based on several environmental factors."
Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. All other personnel are accounted for and safe.
— III MEF Marines (@IIIMEF) August 6, 2017
The aircraft, which was participating in a joint Australia-U.S. exercise, "had launched from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and was conducting regularly-scheduled operations when it crashed into the waters on its final approach to the USS Green Bay at 2:07 a.m. ET," according to NBC News.
The outlet added that Green Bay's fantail flight deck "was damaged and left inoperable."
The MV-22 Osprey, the naval service's first helicopter/propeller aircraft hybrid, has a reputation for mishaps through its service history. Saturday's crash came on the heels of a tragic C-130 crash in Mississippi last month, killing 15 Marines and a Navy corpsman.
Task & Purpose will continue to update this story as we learn more.
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A recent report from the Vietnam Veterans of America says that American vets are targeted by Russians and other adversarial governments online. Specifically, there are many Facebook pages and other social media catering to vets that are really operated by foreign entities.
Some may ask, so what? If the pages are fun, why does it matter who runs them? The intelligence officer in Moscow isn't running a Facebook page for American veterans because he has an intense interest in motivational t-shirts and YouTube rants in pickup trucks.
He's doing it to undermine the political and social fabric of the United States.