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Amphibious Assault Vehicles Are Aggressively Dangerous For The Marines

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Sinking amphibious assault vehicles are commonly seen as “death traps” in the Marine Corps. This is because of the added pressure of how hard it is to actually escape from the insides of these AAVs. They’re designed to be tough to penetrate but in a way, it’s not conducive to Marines stuck in a crisis.

When the AAV sinks with water inside, heavy-combat-geared troops have to hold their breath and escape the flooded vehicle via narrow hatches.

The consequences are quite clear as it was in late July when an AAV sank to 385 feet off the west coast during training procedures. As a result, eight Marines and one Navy sailor died. This incident has since gone down in history as the deadliest training accident to ever occur to the Marines.

Since then, it’s been a lot more widespread to criticize these amphibious assault vehicles. Even the commander of the unit part of the accident has been fired by the Corps.

Amphibious Assault Vehicles or Torture chambers?

An Amphibious Assault Vehicle assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit departs the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown Oct. 4, 2014.
(U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Jennifer J. Pirante)

They possess a large ramp, letting down in the back, packing several full-grown adults within a 26-foot-long armored vessel. It reeks of exhaust and diesel fumes. Motion Sickness is pretty prominent within the actual vehicle. Cramps and claustrophobia are also very common to experience when inside the AAV.

Brace For Impact

It’s been a mainstay of the Marines since the 1970s to utilize AAVs. However, there is a lot of work that goes into keeping these swimming tanks afloat. According to Sargeant Juan Torres, a section leader of an AAV, he claims that “you can do everything perfectly, and then, the moment you roll out, something goes wrong.”

It’s a transporter that is entirely armed to go from ship-to-shore is propelled by jets and spinning tracks. But they have an easy time maintaining a low profile. Most of the vehicle dips below the waterline before long.

Murky Designs

Even one AAV survives well with six hatches. Two cargos one in the rear and three crew hatches in the front. Those last three are especially difficult for troops to enter through. But if the back hatches can’t open, those are the only options open! What dumb luck, or lack thereof.

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