ADF support to USMC MV-22 Recovery Operations

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Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Minister for Defence

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7 August 2017

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has commenced its support to US-led recovery operations following the MV-22 Osprey incident in Shoalwater Bay on Saturday, 5 August.

Royal Australian Navy (RAN) survey ship HMAS Melville arrived in Shoalwater Bay overnight. Shortly after commencing survey operations in the area, the submerged aircraft was located.

This morning our RAN Clearance Diving team arrived in Rockhampton and has since embarked on HMAS Melville via landing craft.

The crew of HMAS Melville and our divers will conduct remotely operated underwater vehicle operations beginning this evening. These operations will further survey the aircraft as a prerequisite for diving operations.

The Australian Government remains prepared to offer further support as required and our ADF remains at short notice readiness to support any further requests.

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