Chaplain offers Mass aboard ship for Marines killed in crash of Osprey

(CNS) Just hours after a Marine aircraft crashed off the east coast of Australia, killing three Marines, a U.S. Catholic chaplain serving on the USS Bonhomme Richard offered a Mass and prayers on August 6 for the victims, the survivors and their families.

Father David J. Hammond, a Navy chaplain who holds the rank of lieutenant, said the Mass in the ship’s Star of the Sea Chapel, according to a news release from the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services.

The three Marines were killed when their MV-22 Osprey went down in the Coral Sea while trying to land on a Navy ship on August 5. [More]

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