Missing sailors in U.S. Navy aircraft crash identified

PHILIPPINE SEA (WVEC) -- The U.S. Navy identified three missing sailors after the aircraft they were on crashed just southeast of Okinawa in the Philippine Sea.

The Navy said Lt. Steven Combs, Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Matthew Chialastri and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso were the missing sailors. 

"We are thankful for our professional search and rescue teams and their incredible bravery. The entire Navy team is working together to investigate the cause of this mishap and we will remain focused on our mission to operate forward in a safe and professional manner to ensure peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region," said Capt. Michael Wosje, Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5).

Chialastri and Grosso were both assigned to the USS Ronald Reagan and had been awarded the National Defense Ribbon during their time in the Navy. Combs, originally assigned to the "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, joined the USS Ronald Reagan as part of Carrier Air Wing Five. His awards include the National Defense Ribbon and the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon. 

The C-2A "Greyhound" transport aircraft was traveling to the USS Ronald Reagan to deliver cargo as well as its passengers when it crashed.

A total of 11 people were on the aircraft. Eight people were found in good condition and officials searched for the missing sailors until the search was called off Friday. 

The Navy is continuing its investigation.

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The Associated Press contributed to this article. 

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