Marine Corps Halts Surf Use of Fight Automobile After Mishap

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — The Marine Corps has halted some operations of its new amphibious fight automobiles after one of many armored automobiles rolled over in surf throughout coaching off of California’s Camp Pendleton.

The eight-wheeled automobile flipped over at about 7:45 p.m. Thursday on the Marines Assault Amphibian College on the base north of San Diego, authorities mentioned.

The three crew members weren’t injured, a Marine Corps assertion mentioned Friday.

The automobile had a “mechanical malfunction,” in line with the Marine Corps, which banned the automobiles from going into or out of surf zones, apart from testing, whereas extra evaluation is carried out.

The automobiles can nonetheless be used on land, in protected waters and within the open ocean.

It was the second time this yr that restrictions have been positioned on the usage of amphibious fight automobiles. Open water operations have been halted after one of many automobiles rolled onto its facet and one other was disabled in unusually excessive surf on July 19 throughout one other coaching train. The pause was lifted final month.

The brand new automobiles, that are being examined and utilized in California, are designed to move troops and their tools from Navy ships to land. They’re being rolled out to switch the Marine’s getting older amphibious assault automobile, which is lighter, slower and runs on tracks as an alternative of wheels.

Eight Marines and one sailor died on July 30, 2020 when an amphibious assault automobile sank in 385 ft (117 meters) of water off San Clemente Island in Southern California.

A Marine Corps investigation discovered that insufficient coaching, shabby upkeep and poor judgment by leaders led to the sinking.

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