The new US Amphibious Combat Vehicle will stay out of the water for now

According to statements made by the United States Marine Corps, the new US Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) will stay out of the water while it is investigated what caused two of the vehicles to experience problems off the coast of Southern California.

Tuesday’s unusually high waves, which were caused by a storm, resulted in one of the ACVs being semi-submerged and the second being destroyed.

A platoon of U.S. Marine Corps amphibious combat vehicles (ACV) with 3d Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, are launched from the shore during a training evolution at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, March 12, 2022. The demonstration of proficiency in platoon-level operations marks the next step in certifying ACV crew members and their vehicles for worldwide deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alexandra Munoz)

Fortunately, none of the crew on board was injured in the incident. As a result of the incidents, the crews were forced to evacuate the ACVs and swim to the shore.

The new ACVs were designed to replace the AAV7 Amphibious Armored Vehicles. About two years ago, one of these vehicles was involved in one of the deadliest accidents ever experienced by the US Marine Corps.

The United States Marine Corps will continue to use the vehicles for now only on land until the problem is resolved.

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