(CNN) The assistant commandant of the US Marine Corps told a congressional hearing Monday that the sinking of an amphibious vehicle in a training accident last July off the coast of southern California that left one sailor and eight marines dead was "preventable." The deaths occurred when an assault amphibious vehicle, or AAV, sank near San Clemente Island on July 30, 2020, during a 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group routine. The commander of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit was fired after a US Marine Corps investigation found that a series of human and mechanical failures led to the sinking of the vehicle. General Gary Thomas told lawmakers at a House Armed Services Subcommittee hearing that "11 people were fired" after the investigation into the incident. Thomas said the AAV vehicles that the marines were operating before and during the incident should have been in a "higher state of material readiness."
Source: CNN May 03, 2021 19:41 UTC