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NEWS | July 1, 2024

III MARINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE WELCOMES AMPHIBIOUS COMBAT VEHICLES TO OKINAWA

Courtesy Story, III Marine Expeditionary Force

III Marine Expeditionary Force received a shipment of Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs) at Naha Military Port on June 29, 2024. The ACV is an eight-wheeled armored personnel carrier, designed to fully upgrade the Marine Corps’ fleet of Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAV).

“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.”

The ACVs will be transported to Camp Schwab over the next several days. The ACV’s ability to use the ocean and waterways to carry Marines and equipment make it well-suited for a variety of operating environments. 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. III MEF will continue to manage the ACV fielding responsibly and safely as Marines train and evolve to respond to potential crises.

Official imagery from this event will be published at https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/3MD.

​For more information on this event, please contact the 3D Marine Division Communication Strategy and Operations at 3div_commstrat@usmc.mil.