US Marines Stop Using New Amphibious Vehicles After California Accident

The United States (US) Marine Corps has kept their amphibious combat vehicles (ACVs) out of the water, the service announced late Wednesday, following a training incident on Tuesday in high surf that rendered two ACVs inoperable.

In a tweet, the US Marines said their decision to keep ACVs out of the water was “out of an abundance of caution”. 

“The incident did not result in injuries to the Marines and sailors aboard the ACVs,” US Marines Corps added. 

Lt. Gen. David J. Furness, the deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for Plans, Policies, and Operations, said in a statement that the pause will allow them to conduct an investigation into the incident and ensure the assault amphibian community “can review best practices and procedures to remain capable, safe, and ready.”  

“This is the right thing to do,” Furness said. 

“A pause on ACV waterborne operations will give us time to conduct an investigation, learn from this event, and ensure our assault amphibian community remains ready to support our nation,” Furness added.

However, the Marine Corps will continue to conduct ACV land operations, including live-fire training, during this pause. 

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