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.
I contacted Camp Pendleton and Headquarters Marine Corps this morning about this incident. No reply was returned. Press release just came in. One Marine dead, 14 others were taken to local hospitals. pic.twitter.com/9l6iLrd8eZ
— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) December 13, 2023
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.
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.