The Marine Corps has not yet released the aviator’s name. Defense Department policy is to wait until 24 hours after next of kin have been notified to identify service members who have died.
The other rescued Marine from the Hornet is listed in fair condition, Corps officials said. U.S. and Japanese forces continue to search for five missing Marines, who were aboard a KC-130 Hercules, which also crashed about 2 a.m. local time Thursday roughly 200 miles off the Japanese coast.
A Navy P-8A maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft from Kadena Air Base, Japan, is supporting the search and rescue operations, a Marine Corps news release says.
Both the F/A-18 and KC-130 went down during a training mission that included aerial refueling. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle that made an emergency landing on Wednesday ditched its entire arsenal of live air-to-air missiles before touching down at Portland International Airport, The War Zone reports.
President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.
The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.
"We were being used as pawns in a public fight between him and the current Prime Minister of Haiti," said Chris Osman, 44, in a post on Instagram Friday. "We were not released we were in fact rescued."
It's a photo for the ages: a Marine NCO, a Greek god in his dress blues, catches the eye of a lovely young woman as her boyfriend urges her on in distress. It's the photographic ancestor of the much-loved "distracted boyfriend" stock photo meme, made even sweeter by the fact that this is clearly a sailor about to lose his girl to a Devil Dog.
Well, this photo and the Marine in it, which hopscotched around Marine Corps Facebook and Instagram pages before skyrocketing to the front page of Reddit on Thursday, are very real.
The photo shows then-Staff Sgt. Louis A. Capozzoli — and he is absolutely not on his way to steal your girl.