The remains of three Marines recovered during the salvage operation for the December 6, 2018 aircraft mishap involving a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft and a KC-130J Super Hercules tanker aircraft have been identified.
† Lt. Col. Kevin R. Herrmann, 38, of New Bern, North Carolina.
† Maj. James M. Brophy, 36, of Staatsburg, New York.
† Staff Sgt. Maximo A. Flores, 27, of Surprise, Arizona.
Earlier this month, the Marine Corps announced that it concluded the salvage operation which occurred from May 27 to June 7.
According to USMC, the salvage effort accomplished the task of recovering the KC-130J’s cockpit voice recorder and digital flight recorder which will be used for analysis to assist in the on-going investigation. The human remains recovered during the salvage operation were initially transferred to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, where formal identification was made by competent medical authorities.
The two aircraft crashed during a midair refueling about 200 miles off the coast of Kochi, Japan killing six Marines. Both aircraft were launched out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regularly scheduled training.