The Marine Corps will inspect its entire fleet of amphibious assault vehicles after one took on water during a training mishap, leaving one dead, two in critical condition and eight missing.
Search and rescue efforts continue off the coast of California to locate seven Marines and a sailor whose AAV sank during a Thursday training exercise. The troops, assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, were training near San Clemente Island, northwest of San Diego, when their vehicle began filling with water.
‘I've directed an immediate suspension of amphibious assault vehicle water operations until the causal factors of this mishap are better understood,’ Marine Commandant Gen. David Berger said during a Friday press conference from Camp Pendleton in California. ‘All AAVs across the fleet will be inspected.’
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