It’s been noted many times, both here on MO and elsewhere, that the Marines’ AAVP7A1s have been getting quite a workout in Iraq.
The Marines killed Wednesday were assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), the military said. One Marine also was wounded in the attack.
The explosion occurred just outside Haditha, which is 140 miles northwest of Baghdad.
The Marines were riding in an amphibious assault vehicle, which is designed to carry troops from ship to shore and on land. It has a road speed of about 45 mph and can carry up to 25 Marines. It is not as heavily armored as the Bradley fighting vehicles that the Army uses.
Some of the Marines in the un”Lucky Lima” squad noted earlier were killed or wounded when their Amtrac was destroyed by a bomb.
There’s no doubt that the Amtrac is good at what it does, but patrols deep inland aren’t part of what it does. It can’t be up-armored much as it needs to be able to swim. Do they need Bradleys for this sort of mission?
UPDATE: Hadn’t noticed it, but these Marines were also with the 3-25 Marines, the same battalion that the earlier AAV hit was in. They were reservists from Ohio. This unit has been in the thick of it for months. Previous mentions on MO here and here.