Marine commander blames bad information for deadly sinking

Marine commander blames bad information for deadly sinking

A Marine Corp. battalion commander says he would have ended a 2020 training exercise that left nine other Marines dead after their amphibious assault vehicle sank off the southern California coast — if he had accurate information to make just a decision.

While testifying Friday before a Board of Inquiry at California’s Camp Pendleton, Lt. Col. Michael J. Regner insisted his decisions were partly based on what other commanders told him, including that Marines under his watch completed needed swim certifications and that the aging vehicles were repaired and ready for use.

Regner also said he was unaware the Navy had changed its plans the same day and didn’t launch a safety boat.

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The three-officer panel will issue a recommendation to the commanding

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