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Four US marines killed during NATO drills in Norway are identified

The four US Marines who were killed in a helicopter crash during a NATO training exercise off the coast Norway on Friday have been identified.

The Marine Corps, in a Sunday statement, identified the dead as Cpl. Jacob M. Moore, 24, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky; Gunnery Sgt. James W. Speedy, 30, of Cambridge, Ohio; Capt. Matthew J. Tomkiewicz, 27, of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Capt. Ross A. Reynolds, 27, of Leominster, Massachusetts.

All four men were assigned to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing stationed on Marine Corps Air Station in New River, North Carolina.

The victims’ MV-22B Osprey was reported missing around 6:30 p.m. local time Friday after failing to report back from a training mission in Nordland County in northern Norway, the Norwegian Armed Forces said in a statement. 

U.S. Marines inspect a MV-22B Osprey prior to flight at Norwegian Air Force Base Bodo during Exercise Cold Response 22 in Norway on March 16.
Lance Cpl. Elias E. Pimentel III/U.S. Marine Corps via AP

The cause of the crash remained under investigation. Officials reported inclement weather in the area at the time.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. William Chockey/ Facebook
Marines with 2nd Marine Division coordinate close air support with AH-1Z Viper aircraft assigned to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing before Exercise Cold Response 22 in Setermoen, Norway, on March 8.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. William Chockey/ Facebook

The bodies of the four Marines were recovered from the crash site in the Arctic Ocean on Sunday and are in the process of being returned to the US.

“The pilots and crew were committed to accomplishing their mission and serving a cause greater than themselves,” Maj. Gen. Michael Cederholm of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing said in a letter to the families of the dead, according to The Hill.

“We will continue to execute the mission while keeping these Marines and their service on the forefront of our minds. We will never allow these Marines’ sacrifice to go unnoticed or unappreciated,” he added.

The dead Marines were among the 30,000 NATO troops taking part in annual military exercises 200 miles from Russia’s border with Norway, according to the US military news outlet Stars and Stripes.

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