One Marine Killed, 14 Injured in ACV Rollover, Camp Pendleton

According to an official press release from the United States Marine Corps, one Marine was killed and 14 were hospitalized after an Amphibious Combat Veicle rolled over at Camp Pendleton, California. The Marines were attached to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). According to the release, it is not clear if the ACV in question was in the surf, the beach, or inland.

This comes after two ACV flips in 2022 which temporarily halted operations involving the follow-on amphibious craft to the tracked Amphibious Assault Vehicle. The status of the injured Marines has not been announced as of this publication.

U.S. Marines with Company D, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, drive in a convoy during an integrated training exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, April 6, 2021. The Marines integrated with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st MARDIV, to improve capabilities between infantry units and combat support units in an urban terrain training simulation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jamin M. Powell)

The Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) is a program initiated by Marine Corps Systems Command to procure an amphibious assault vehicle for the United States Marine Corps to supplement and ultimately replace the aging Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV). The program replaces the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) program canceled in 2011.

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Ethan Alun
Ethan Alun
A United States Naval Academy and American Military University Alumni, Ethan covers flash military, intelligence, and geo-political updates.
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