US Marine Corps welcomes amphibious combat vehicles in Okinawa (Gallery)

The US Marine Corps’ III Marine Expeditionary Force received a shipment of amphibious combat vehicles (ACVs) at Naha Military Port in Okinawa on June 29, 2024.

The ACV is an eight-wheeled armored personnel carrier designed to fully upgrade the US Marine Corps’ fleet of assault amphibious vehicles (AAV).

The ACVs were transported to Camp Schwab. Their ability to use the ocean and waterways to carry Marines and equipment make them well-suited for a variety of operating environments, according to the officials.

The arrival of the ACV realizes a long-projected update to the current armed ship-to-shore connection and ground combat capabilities of the AAV, US Marines emphasized.

III MEF will continue to manage the ACV fielding responsibly and safely as Marines train and evolve to respond to potential crises.

“III Marine Expeditionary Force is a modern, ready force,” said U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Roger B. Turner, III MEF commanding general.

“Upgrading our fleet with amphibious combat vehicles capable of supporting sea denial and maritime operations will further bolster our ability to support deterrence efforts and respond to contingencies in the Indo-Pacific.”