SECNAV's Statement on the Loss of Three Marines


Story Number: NNS170808-05Release Date: 8/8/2017 11:35:00 AM
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From Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- On Aug. 5, a MV-22 Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 crashed off Queensland, Australia, after launching from the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Three Marines were killed in the crash.

Read Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer's statement on the incident:

We mourn the loss of 1st Lt. Benjamin R. Cross, Cpl. Nathaniel F. Ordway and Pfc. Ruben P. Velasco, and honor their bravery and service to the country.

The Navy and Marine Corps come together during tragic events and I ask that you keep the families of those affected in your thoughts and prayers.

I also want to express my most heartfelt appreciation to our Australian allies for their swift support in search and recovery efforts.

We will fully investigate the cause of this tragic accident.

For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from Secretary of the Navy, visit www.navy.mil/local/secnav/.

 
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