Marine Corps reports sinking of amphibious assault vehicle
The ((Jacksonville, N.C.) Daily News
Military officials are investigating what led to the sinking of an Assault Amphibious Vehicle in the New River on Tuesday, a Marine Corps spokesman said Wednesday.
“I can confirm that there was an AAV that was submerged in the New River earlier this week,” 2nd Lt. Adam Flores, a public affairs officer with 2nd Marine Division, said in an email to The Daily News on Wednesday afternoon in answer to inquires about the incident.
The vehicle has a crew of at least three. There were no reported injuries.
Officials would not specify where in the New River the vehicle was sunk or whether it had been recovered.
Flores said he could not release any other information about the sinking, citing an investigation into the matter.
The AAV, which has been in production since 1972, was in heavy use during the Iraq War. The 29-ton vehicle is used by the Marine Corps to land troops and their equipment during amphibious operations, according to information from U.S. Combat Systems, the vehicle’s manufacturer.
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