The Marine Corps has identified eight Marines and one sailor who died after their amphibious assault vehicle sank during a July 30 training exercise in the Pacific.
The amphibious assault vehicle, which sank after taking on water while training with other assets belonging to the 15th MEU in the vicinity of San Clemente Island, had 16 troops aboard in total.
While seven other troops were rescued and two subsequently hospitalized, eight more remained missing. On August 2, 2020, following a massive search-and-rescue effort involving Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps vessels and aircraft, the Marine Corps announced that the troops were presumed dead.
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Marine Expeditionary Unit.
A Marine Expeditionary Unit is the smallest configuration of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force that is deployed from an amphibious assault ship.