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The Bastard Junior Strikes Again!!!


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To continue my series on military vehicles….

Most people think tank when tracked vehicle is mentioned. What most folks aren't aware of, is a good portion of tracked vehicles in military service are not tanks. There are Armored Personnel Carriers or APC for Short, The Multiple Launch Rocket System or MLRS, Self Propelled Guns, and my personal favorite ……..

The LVTP-7

The AAVP7A1 is an armored assault amphibious full-tracked landing vehicle. The vehicle carries troops in water operations from ship to shore, through rough water and surf zone. It also carries troops to inland objectives after ashore. The amphibious capability of the AAV makes it unique among all DOD systems. This forcible entry amphibious capability is the unique capability that sets the Marine Corps apart from the other services. A portion [64%] of the AAV fleet will undergo a reliability, availability, and maintainability (RAM) upgrade, and a rebuild to standard (RS) retrofit, to ensure Marine AAVs remain maintainable until the arrival of the Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV).

The AAV-P7A1 Amtrack provides protected transport of up to 25 combat-loaded Marines through all types of terrain. The engine compartment can be completely water-sealed, making it seaworthy. It has an enhanced applique‚ armor kit, or sandwich-plated steel armor, with a layer of Kevlar underneath, to protect the troops from high-caliber weapons fire. It's firepower consists of an M2 .50-cal. machine gun, an MK-19 40mm grenade launcher, and a line charge with C4 explosives for use in clearing mines. It can move at speeds of up to 45 mph on land and five knots at sea.

While underway, the Marines clean and maintain their Amtracks, or what they call their "hogs," every day to prevent them from rusting and to ensure their combat survivability. Nothing escapes their attention. They toil over their machines to tighten loose bolts, check the suspension, squirt a little grease here and there, and give it a good scrubbing. If this vehicle were to break down while under hostile gunfire, the consequences could be disastrous and cost the lives of a lot of good men.

In 1985 the Marine Corps changed the designation of the LVTP7Al to AAV7Al–amphibious assault vehicle-representing a shift in emphasis away from the long-time LVT designation, meaning "landing vehicle, tracked." Without a change of a bolt or plate, the AAV7Al was to be more of an armored personnel carrier and less of a landing vehicle. The LVTP7, which had come into the Marine Corps inventory in the early 1970s, was a quantum improvement over the short-ranged LVTP5 of the Vietnam era. Weighing in at 26 tons (23,991 kg) combat-loaded, and with a three-man crew, it can carry 25 Marines. With a road speed of 45 mph (72 km/h), it is also fully amphibious with water speeds up to 8 mph (13 km/h). It is not as heavily armed or armored as the Army's Bradley infantry fighting vehicle; on the other hand, the M2A1 Bradley carries only seven troop passengers.

To the men and women of the United States Marine Corps: You stand on a wall, as gaurdians of democracy. When we get into a fight, you are the first to go, and last to know. Semper Fi and God Bless


Written by bofhjr716

May 12, 2006 at 5:32 pm

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  1. Salute to Bill Collett. 14 year veteran of the Marines. Three purple hearts and I don’t know how many silver stars. Asshole that he may be, he served our country well.


    May 12, 2006 at 9:43 pm

  2. You have gone very political on us, big bro- and I like it. I’d like it even more if I understood anything about american politics, but I like it all the same. 😀 Luv always, chick xxxx


    May 13, 2006 at 6:55 am

  3. Salute to all that have and continue and will serve for ALL of us. Their tireless efforts have kept this country great. Please dont forget the FAMILY’s of those who serve, they go thru just as much the servicemember, if not more……….


    May 13, 2006 at 11:38 am

  4. Happychick, you should see if you can get signed up for a foreign exchange student program. I’m sure Mom would be glad to have you as a house guest.

    Yankee, I agree 100%, thank you all!


    May 13, 2006 at 11:47 am

  5. Thanks to all our service people, now and then. Family and friends also.

    Happychick…pack a bag you’re movin! 😀


    May 13, 2006 at 12:33 pm

  6. Lol. I like the sound of that guys- with permission, I’ll come visit you lot in a few years with my boy after I finish school. Hope you’re still alive then Sandra! 😀


    May 13, 2006 at 11:45 pm

  7. Oh honey, in our family we live a looooooooooong time. 😀


    May 14, 2006 at 6:46 am

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