The US Marine Corps announced they are going to ground all their aircraft for 24 hours for an ‘operational reset’ following two fatal accidents.
“General Robert B. Neller, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, directed U.S. Marine Corps aviation units to conduct an operational reset for a 24 hour-period where no flight operations will take place but no operational commitments will be impacted,” the USMC said in a statement Friday.
“This operational reset will occur within the next two weeks and will be taken at the discretion of commanders, based on their unit’s operational commitments, to focus on the fundamentals of safe flight operations, standardization, and combat readiness,” the statement continued.
The move affects about 1,000 aircraft in total, including those currently deployed, a U.S. Marine Corps spokesman confirmed to Fox News. It is up to unit commanders to choose which day during the next two weeks to do the grounding to avoid affecting current operations.
Marine Corps aviation to take 24-hour operational reset where no flight ops will occur.
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Featured image of a UH-1Y Venom leads the way for an AH-1Z Viper flying by Mount Fuji, Shizuoka, Japan. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andy Martinez.