Should Amphibious Vehicles Have Aircraft Maintenance Protocols?

Should Amphibious Vehicles Have Aircraft Maintenance Protocols?
Lance Cpl. Jered Stone/U.S. Marine Corps via AP

SAN DIEGO — A recent Marine Corps investigation into the 2020 sinking of an assault amphibious vehicle off the coast of San Diego found, among several contributing factors, that poor maintenance oversight in part led to the deaths of nine U.S. service members.

During a round table briefing with reporters on the Corps’ investigation into the formation of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Maj. Gen. Gregg Olson, the assistant deputy commandant of the Marine Corps, talked about the discrepancies that contributed to the August 2020 sinking of a 35-year-old AAV. In addition to gaps in training, Olson said, investigators found that the maintenance and the oversight of that maintenance were lacking — especially compared to the aviation community.

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