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Mine resistant ambush protected vehicles counter IEDs, ambushes
Marine Corps News ^ | Pfc. J. Ethan Hoaldridge

Posted on 06/25/2005 6:09:30 PM PDT by SandRat

U.S. MARINE CORPS FORCES PACIFIC, CAMP H. M. SMITH, Hawaii (June 24, 2005) -- “Block off all their main and secondary supply lines for these are their main arteries, and ambush them along those routes for they are exposed and easy prey.”

These words from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi were cited by the Winds of Change website, showing the real danger for convoys traveling Marine supply lines in Iraq.

There have been 341 Marines killed in action and 4,099 wounded in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom since February 16, 2004. How many of these fatalities and casualties have been caused by improvised explosive devices and ambushes on convoys? Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles could’ve saved some of those lives and kept those Marines in the fight.

With its flat bottom and soft-skin plastic doors, if a humvee is directly hit by a land mine or IED, most likely the passengers inside will lose their life and the vehicle will be destroyed beyond repair, said Maj. Gert de Wet, Central Command plans officer.

“In 1968, South Africans in conjunction with Rhodesians started developing the technology to create new vehicles that would counter the land mine threat introduced in the Bush War in Southern Africa. They developed the technology th----

(Excerpt) Read more at usmc.mil ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Hawaii; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ambush; ied; iraq; marines; military; mines; protection; usmc; vehicles
See link. Man that is one BUTT UGLY vehicle!
1 posted on 06/25/2005 6:09:35 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: Bethbg79; MS.BEHAVIN; bentfeather; EsmeraldaA; MoJo2001; StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska; Brad's Gramma; ..

Marine News Ping


2 posted on 06/25/2005 6:09:55 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Git-R-Done!


3 posted on 06/25/2005 6:14:11 PM PDT by scott7278 (Before I give you the benefit of my reply, I'd like to know what we're talking about.)
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To: SandRat

I bet if they put Saddam on the hood they would stop some of those ambushes.


4 posted on 06/25/2005 6:16:00 PM PDT by boothead
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To: SandRat

Dang. LEt's get them NOW!


5 posted on 06/25/2005 6:21:37 PM PDT by StarCMC (Econ Grad. We will not forget. You're dooooooooooooomed!)
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To: SandRat

One thing good about wars, BS gets shoved aside. Before the war a foreign made vehicle would not be considered because it was built overseas. Not everything made in the USA is good, but DoD is forced to buy them because some Senator or Congressmen mandated it. HUMMVV were not designed to be armored cars, and yet we are forced to use them as such. Now they are too top heavy for their chassis and frame.


6 posted on 06/25/2005 6:30:49 PM PDT by Fee (Great powers never let minor allies dictate who, where and when they must fight.)
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To: SandRat
once upon a time Steel Wheels...














7 posted on 06/25/2005 6:30:53 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: StarCMC

Bet that would be great for finding a parking place at the mall at Christmas shopping time.


8 posted on 06/25/2005 6:32:12 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

StarCMC, driver of an evil bright red Chevy Tahoe SUV would like that very much. Yep. Uh-huh!!

I am quickly approaching the "face-it-girls-I'm-older-and-I-have-more-insurance" stage of life! LMBO!


9 posted on 06/25/2005 6:36:36 PM PDT by StarCMC (Econ Grad. We will not forget. You're dooooooooooooomed!)
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To: Chode

DANG!! Love the names! Woo-hoo!!!! Our troops SO rock!! You gotta love it!


10 posted on 06/25/2005 6:37:58 PM PDT by StarCMC (Econ Grad. We will not forget. You're dooooooooooooomed!)
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To: StarCMC

Wonder how soon they'll ber available at the Used Car lot?


11 posted on 06/25/2005 6:40:52 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: StarCMC

Wonder how soon they'll be available at the Used Car lot?

Dang-blasted stuttering fingers again!


12 posted on 06/25/2005 6:41:59 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

One unfortunate aspect of armoring HMMVVs & trucks is that no truck can be armored enough to prevent it being destroyed by 200 lbs of plastic explosive being set off under or next too it. That much will flip a tank over.


13 posted on 06/25/2005 6:45:02 PM PDT by GreyFriar (3rd Armored Division -- Spearhead)
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To: StarCMC
unfortunately today that would prolly be considered taunting the enemy and bring swift reproach from all the friggin RATS!!!
14 posted on 06/25/2005 6:45:30 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: GreyFriar
...no truck can be armored enough to prevent it being destroyed by 200 lbs of plastic explosive being set off under or next too it. But try as you might, no matter how hard you try, you just can't get the logic of that statement trough a liberals thick skull.
15 posted on 06/25/2005 6:48:19 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Great vehicle. There are only 2 dozen or so of them in Iraq. Why not more?


16 posted on 06/25/2005 7:11:27 PM PDT by Ranger
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To: Ranger

Don't know it was news to me. Didn't know that they even existed until I found the story.


17 posted on 06/25/2005 7:33:40 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

If it brought my son or daughter home alive, I would think that it was the most beautiful vehicle I had ever seen.


18 posted on 06/25/2005 7:37:54 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: SandRat
Man that is one BUTT UGLY vehicle!

Like the A-10 Warhog, Ugly is as ugly does!

A-10: to a grunt, the loveliest sight in the air...

19 posted on 06/25/2005 8:01:53 PM PDT by TXnMA (Iraq & Afghanistan: Bush's "Bug-Zappers"...)
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To: SandRat

Have you all noticed the difference between news stories written by military reporters compared to most MSM stories? They're always clear, informative, and to the point; and with little or no editorial opinion slipped in.


20 posted on 06/25/2005 8:33:08 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Blood of Tyrants

The USAF loves the B-52 and from the very beginning the crews have reffered to her as BUFF = Big Ugly Fat F***** and they have all loved flying her. Being a BUTT UGLY looking machine in the military is not a bad thing, if it works, is easy to operate and maintain.


21 posted on 06/26/2005 6:32:06 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Ken H
Yep, oh the ecstasy if we could have that all the time.
22 posted on 06/26/2005 6:41:53 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: GreyFriar
One unfortunate aspect of armoring HMMVVs & trucks is that no truck can be armored enough to prevent it being destroyed by 200 lbs of plastic explosive being set off under or next too it. That much will flip a tank over.


EXACTLY!

But, I tell you what will reduce these mines being placed. If everytime a convoy is attacked by mines or suicide bombers, 10 times the damage is inflicted on Syria, by some random righteous act of serious violence - you watch how the Syrians start to close their border down and start to exert some calming guidance over the Sunni. Same goes for the Irainians.

But instead the Bush White House continues to encourage our enemies by allowing them unmolested sanctuaries in Iran and Syria. WHY?

Hell, at least, even LBJ and Nixon bombed Cambodia and Laos.

Tagline:
23 posted on 06/26/2005 7:07:08 AM PDT by TomasUSMC (FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM.)
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To: TomasUSMC

Very good question. One possibility is that I read in an obscure report that Syria turned back over 300 Saudis last month. Could be Syrian government is divided. Curious we're not reading about the Saudi's turning them back. There must be a high number of one way flights to Syria. Still you wonder why the lights are on in Damascuss and why night clubs frequented by Iraqi Baathists in Syria aren't blowing up.


24 posted on 06/26/2005 10:31:14 AM PDT by Ranger
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