THE wreck of a US military aircraft that crashed off the Queensland coast last month, killing three Marines, has been seen publicly for the first time after being shipped to Townsville.

The MV-22B Osprey arrived at Port of Townsville on Saturday after it was towed, upside down, on a barge along The Strand following its long journey from Shoalwater Bay, north of Rockhampton.

The aircraft was escorted by the USNS Salvor and was in a holding yard yesterday, where significant damage to both propellers was visible, while the cockpit was covered up.

The Salvor and and other vessels recovered the wrecked heli-plane from the sea bed after it was detected by HMAS Melville's on August 6, the day after the fatal crash.

In a statement, the US Marine Corps' III Marine Expeditionary Force said the Osprey had been moved to Townsville to be prepared for transport to Hawaii.

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