The Marine amphibious assault vehicle that sank off the coast of California last week has been located in 385 feet of water.
Marine Corps and Navy officials positively identified the location of the AAV on Aug 3. The Navy's Undersea Rescue Command used a remotely operated undersea search-and-rescue ship to confirm that remains of the missing are inside the 26-ton vehicle, which sank July 30.
‘The Navy has expedited the movement of assets to recover the remains of the Marines and Sailor, as well as raise the AAV,’ a Marine Corps statement said. ‘The equipment to properly and safely perform the recovery from the sea floor will be in place at the end of this week, and a dignified transfer of our Marines and Sailor will occur as soon as possible after the conclusion of recovery operations.’
A procedure honoring the return of the remains of a service member.
The dignified transfer is not a ceremony but a solemn movement of the transfer case.