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Marine general with Lejeune ties relieved of command

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 3:36 PM EDT
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SAN DIEGO (WITN/AP) - A Marine general with ties to Camp Lejeune is being relieved of his duties after nine Marines died in a tank accident last summer.

At the time, Maj. Gen. Robert Castellvi was Commanding General of the 1st Marine Division in San Diego.

Since April, Castellvi has been suspended from his job as inspector general of the Marine Corps.

The training accident 70 miles off San Diego’s coast was one of the deadliest for the Marines in recent years. Leaders said it could have been prevented.

The commandant of the Marine Corps met personally with Castellvi.

An investigation by the maritime branch found the accident July 30 off San Clemente Island was caused by inadequate training, shabby maintenance of the 35-year-old amphibious assault vehicles and poor judgment by commanders.

It said Castellvi “bears some responsibility.” Castellvi could not be immediately reached for comment.

Castellvi was Commanding General at Marine Corps Installations East at Camp Lejeune from 2013 to 2015, and then Deputy Commanding General of II MEF/Commanding General of 2d MEB until 2017.

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