A 12-day training exercise in Australia took a tragic turn for the Marines.
Twenty-three Marines were loaded on an Osprey that was to take them to a training location as part of Exercise Predators Run.
The vehicle they were on went down. As with the names of the victims, the cause has not yet been made public.
Three occupants were pronounced dead. Five others were taken to hospital in critical condition. None of the passengers came away unscathed.
The Osprey was transporting Marines to a routine training exercise, Exercise Predators Run, according to the statement. The crash took place at approximately 9:30 a.m. local time.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said only Americans were injured in the crash when it happened during Exercise Predators Run, which involves the militaries of the United States, Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and East Timor.
Around 150 U.S. Marines are currently based in Darwin, Australia, and up to 2,500 rotate through the city every year. They’re part of a realignment of forces in the Asia-Pacific that’s broadly meant to face an increasingly assertive China.
The 12-day exercise is scheduled to end Sept. 7. It involves troops on land, in the sea and in the air. — MarineCorpsTimes