After Training Tragedy, AVVs are Getting Pulled From Deployment

HAT YAO, Thailand (June 10, 2013) Marines with I Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, currently attached to combat assault battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, conduct an amphibious raid exercise with Royal Thai marines during exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand 2013. / U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John C. Lamb/Released

The Marine Corps will stop operating its amphibious assault vehicles, known as AAVs, on scheduled deployments or or in the water, except as needed for crisis response, the service announced Wednesday.

The decision comes after investigations into the deadly July 2020 AAV accident in California revealed a litany of training and maintenance failures, along with leadership and accountability problems. The training accident off the coast of Camp Pendleton, California, killed eight Marines and a sailor.

Though the Marines believe “the AAV is a safe and effective vehicle for amphibious operations” when operated as recommended by the investigators, Commandant Gen. David Berger “has decided the AAV will no longer serve as part of regularly scheduled deployments or train in the water during military exercises,” spokesman Maj. Jim Stenger said in an email statement.

“AAVs will only return to operating in the water if needed for crisis response,” Stenger said, adding that the decision “was made in the interest of the long-term health of the amphibious vehicle programs and future capabilities.”

Read more at Defense One 

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