An F-35 Lighting II mishap over the Atlantic on Monday caused over $2 million in damage.

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Air Force / Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride

By any metric, fiscal 2017 was a deadly year for Marine aviation. The Marine Corps had 12 Class A mishaps, which result in death or damage of more than $2 million, according to data from the Naval Safety Center. Nineteen Marines and one sailor were killed in three separate crashes between December 2016 and August 2017.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo

The Marines could shut down 10 fighter squadrons in the summer if Congress does not pass the 2017 Defense Department budget, the commander of Marine Corps aviation said Tuesday.

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kathryn E. Macdonald

Editor’s Note: This article by Jeanette Steele originally appeared in the The San Diego Union-Tribune (Tribune News Service).

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