Strykers “feet wet”

U.S. Army Stryker combat vehicles ford a flooded street as they patrol in Mosul, Iraq, on Feb. 14, 2006. These Strykers are attached to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. John M. Foster, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

From DefenseLINK’s photo section. I continue to be amazed at the amount of high-quality imagery we’re getting in such a timely manner. Astounding.


  1. That one was taken with a Nikon D1X with a 160mm f/5 lens (or a zoom which does f/5 at 160mm). The EXIF information is always quite interesting. I notice the armed forces like Nikon cameras. A lot of the Navy photos I’ve seen have been shot with a D2H or D70. I have a couple myself, they’re pretty good, although some people like Canon DSLRs better for the higher resolution. Nikon pay more attention to ergonomics I think. Both have excellent lens selections.

  2. Comrades, Now THAT is my idea of a Recreational Vehicle… Solves a lot of traffic and area access problems as well:) Nice image too….. Respects, AW1 Tim

  3. Yanno that they are not amphibs is a shame in my humble opinion. And I will tell you why after a review of the Marine LAV. ‘The LAV-A2 variants are an improved version of the Marines’ Light Armored Vehicle series which entered service in the 1980s and continues operational employment today. General Dynamics will deliver armored personnel, anti-tank, command & control, logistic, and mortar variants beginning in July 2007. Work will be performed by existing General Dynamics employees in London, Ontario, Canada; Sterling Heights, Michigan; and Woodbridge, Virginia. Work is expected to be complete by July 2008. The eight-wheeled amphibious armored vehicle is equipped with an improved suspension, is fitted for enhanced armor protection and features an automatic fire suppression system for crew protection. Power is provided by a Detroit Diesel 6V53T diesel engine developing 275 horsepower coupled to an Allison MT653, 6 speed (5 forward, 1 reverse) automatic transmission. The four rear wheels drive the vehicle on a full-time basis, but eight-wheel drive is selectable.’ In a past life, after retiring before teaching, I worked as a consultant for the Army Sim Center, Fort Leavenworth. It is, in short a war gaming place. The Army is highly dependent on bridges to cross water barriers. Korea is a good example. I can remember everyone called exercises centered around Korea ‘paint driers’. I played the ‘bad guy’ by the way. Everytime the ‘good guys’ hit a river, everything stopped. The boredom started as the ‘quest for the bridge’ began. Once I was chatting with another former Marine, and I said ‘These guys could sure use an amtrac or so.’ One of the Army guys overheard and asked ‘What the hell would we do with a railroad?’ Summary. We are getting target fixation (apologies to Dick Cheney) here on this specific situation. Rivers here are not all that common. The Army may be called on to operate in Korea or somewhere where rivers and creeks are everywhere. By not adding that amphib or swimming capability to their Strykers, I think they are building the thing short. But hey, that’s just me.