SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) — The Marine Corps inspector general, Major General Robert Castellvi, has been suspended amid the continuing probes into final summer time’s deadly sinking of a seafaring tank off the Southern California coast, a newspaper reported Monday.
Nine males died within the accident involving an amphibious assault car July 30 close to San Clemente Island.
Castellvi turns into the highest-ranking officer to face self-discipline within the a number of investigations into the catastrophe, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. His suspension was introduced by the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps commander in a listening to earlier than the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness on Monday.
Gen. David Berger, the commandant of the Marine Corps, ordered the suspension final week pending the end result of the probe, the newspaper mentioned.
Castellvi was the commanding general of the Camp Pendleton-based 1st Marine Division till September. He was named in a earlier investigation as somebody who has some duty within the accident. However, the Marines didn’t punish him.
The commanding officers of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Battalion Landing Team concerned within the accident have been each relieved of command and 7 different Marines confronted different administrative or disciplinary actions, the Marines mentioned.
The Marine Corps has mentioned final yr’s accident was attributable to mechanical failures, shabby upkeep, insufficient coaching, and poor judgment by commanders.
The Marines use the automobiles to move troops and their tools from Navy ships to land. The armored automobiles outfitted with machine weapons and grenade launchers appear to be tanks as they roll ashore.