Tough year for the U.S. Navy:

The U.S. Navy has named the three sailors lost in Wednesday’s C-2A aircraft crash southeast of Okinawa, Japan in the Philippine Sea.

In a statement, the Navy identified Lt. Steven Combs, of Florida; Matthew Chialastri, an aviation boatswain’s mate airman from Louisiana and Bryan Grosso, an aviation ordnanceman airman apprentice, also from Florida.

Over the course of his service, Combs won the National Defense Service Medal and the Navy Battle “E” Ribbon, the Navy said. The Berkshire Eagle reports he was 28 years-old and a graduate of St. Joseph Central High School in Pittsfield, Mass.

Chialastri was the 2013 valedictorian of his graduating high school class in Baton Rouge, The New York Times reports. “He was dependable, he was loyal,” said Sgt. First Class Jill Pearl who taught him at Woodlawn High School’s Junior R.O.T.C. program. He could handle any situation that you put him in. And it just looked like he did it with such ease,” she told the Times.

Grosso enlisted in the Navy soon after graduating from West Florida High School in 2017. “He was a really good kid,” his lacrosse coach Justin Luciano told The Pensacola News Journal. “Every time I saw him in the hallways, he was laughing, joking, having fun. There was always a smile on his face.”

With help from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Navy spent two days looking for the sailors over some 1,000 square nautical miles, using ships, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, before calling off the search on Friday…

…The C2-A Greyhound was bringing cargo and passengers to the USS Ronald Reagan from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni when it went down some 500 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa Wednesday afternoon.