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During live-fire training exercises in the Philippines, the United States Marines Corps officially revealed their new amphibious combat vehicle (ACV). This marked the vehicle’s first overseas deployment, following a period of intense recertification and training after earlier operational challenges.

On Saturday, Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit boarded ACVs launched from the USS Harpers Ferry and conducted live-fire exercises, attacking shoreline targets with MK19 grenade launchers at Oyster Bay (in the Philippines). The exercises are part of Exercise Balikatan ’24, which aims to strengthen military ties with the Philippines and enhance regional security.


The ACV is designed to launch from amphibious ships, traverse aquatic environments, and secure beaches. It replaces the older amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) used since the 1970s. The newer ACV model is heavier and wheeled, contrasting with the lighter AAV. According to the Pentagon, each vehicle costs $3-$4.5 million.

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Some setbacks:
In 2022, the ACV experienced multiple rollovers during land operations, prompting the Marine Corps to temporarily withdraw the vehicles to improve operational safety. Despite the setback, Col. Sean Dynan, the commanding officer of the 15th MEU said, “The hard work and dedication of our Marines is what made today’s training successful. Today’s training is a proof of concept across the Marine Corps for successful ACV employment in its intended environment.”


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