Gov. Rick Scott on Saturday said he was “heartbroken” to hear the U.S. Navy report that two Florida sailors are among three killed in a plane crash Wednesday.
Lt. Steven Combs and Airman apprentice Bryan Grosso of Florida and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate airman Matthew Chialastri of Louisiana were reported missing after a C-2A Greyhound crashed into the Philippine Sea, the Navy said. Eight sailors were rescued and were in good condition.
U.S. and Japanese ships searched for the missing sailors. The Navy is investigating the cause of the crash.
“My wife Ann and I are heartbroken to learn of the loss of these brave members of the US Navy, including Lt. Steven Combs and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso of Florida,” said Scott, who served in the Navy for more than two years after enlisting in 1970. “These men put their lives on the line to defend our families and our freedom. As a Navy veteran myself, I honor their sacrifice and I am praying for their loved ones as they mourn.”
The Navy released this information about the sailors Saturday morning. They did not include the sailors’ hometowns:
- Combs, a native of Florida, was assigned to the “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 and embarked aboard the USS Ronald Reagan as part of Carrier Air Wing Five. His previous duty assignments include the “Greyhawks” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120, the Center for Security Forces Detachment Kittery Point, in Portsmouth, N.H., and Training Wing 4, in Corpus Christi, Texas. His awards include the National Defense Ribbon and the Navy Battle “E” Ribbon.
- Chialastri, a native of Louisiana, was assigned to Ronald Reagan. His previous duty stations include USS America (LHA 6), Patrol Squadron Thirty (VP-30), the “Pro’s Nest,” in Jacksonville, and the Center for Security Forces Detachment Kittery Point, in Portsmouth, N.H. His awards include the National Defense Ribbon.
- Grosso, a native of Florida was assigned to Ronald Reagan. His previous duty stations include the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola, and the Naval Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill. His awards include the National Defense Ribbon.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.