Maine Marine one of 3 missing off coast of Australia

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After U.S. military officials called off a search-and-rescue mission for an MV-22 Osprey helicopter, the Royal Australian Navy located the aircraft on Monday.

Defence Minister Marise Payne said a survey ship found the submerged MV-22 Osprey in Shoalwater Bay shortly after starting its search.

The Osprey is an assault-support aircraft with the capability to land and take off vertically and was in Australia for a joint military training exercise held by the U.S and Australia last month. -Australian military training exercise at least two weeks ago in Shoalwater Bay.

Lt. Cross and Corporal Nathan Ordway have been identified by family members as two of the three missing U.S. Marines.

The cause of the tilt-rotor aircraft's crash is still unclear.

Twenty three of the 26 people on board were rescued.

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The commanding general of the III Marine Expeditionary Force, Lieutenant General Lawrence Nicholson, thanked the Australian Defence Force for their help in the recovery efforts. The biennial exercise involved about 30,000 troops and 200 aircraft.

Australian troops are among USA -led coalition forces fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. They have been involved in a series of high-profile crashes in recent years.

The Marine Corps on Monday was considering a request from the Japanese government to ground its fleet of MV-22s based in that country, according to two USA defense officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Osprey deployments, along with other USA military investments, "are specifically for the defense of Japan" and other American allies in the Pacific, he added.

A White House official said President Donald Trump had been briefed by chief of staff John Kelly on the mishap of an aircraft off the east coast of Australia.

U.S. military forces have been operating in the area as part of a joint training exercise called Talisman Sabre.

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