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MCLB will re-furb AAV's

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The Maintenance Center has contracts to rebuild dozens of assault amphibious vehicles The Maintenance Center has contracts to rebuild dozens of assault amphibious vehicles
Albany Marine Corps Maintenance Center Commanding Officer Colonel Jeff Hooks Albany Marine Corps Maintenance Center Commanding Officer Colonel Jeff Hooks
Introduced in the early 70's, the AAV's are the main personnel carrier for Marines from sea to land Introduced in the early 70's, the AAV's are the main personnel carrier for Marines from sea to land
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Marines Corps' return to its "amphibious roots" will mean big business for Albany's Marine Base.  The Maintenance Center has contracts to rebuild dozens of assault amphibious vehicles, making the Albany base vital to the Marines' future mission. 

Marine Corps officials recently announced they will use those vehicles until 2035 and Albany Marine Base maintenance center employees are key to keeping them ready to fight.    

An Assault Amphibious Vehicle splashes into the test pond at the Albany Marine Corps Logistics Base.  Introduced in the early 70's, the AAV's are the main personnel carrier for Marines from sea to land.

Albany Marine Corps Maintenance Center Commanding Officer Colonel Jeff Hooks said "This is the bread and butter of the Marine expeditionary capability.  The AAV, or the Amtrak, as the Marines call it, is the delivery system to take Marines from assault amphibious shipping through the surf zone to the beach."

Marine officials decided to continue using the AAV's until 2035, and Albany will refit 48 this year and 48 next year.  

Hooks said, "We tear it down to a skeleton of the vehicle. Rebuild all the parts.  When these things roll off the line, and ultimately get in the test pond here to get certified to go back to the operating forces, they are just like a brand new vehicle."

Part of that upgrade will be armor to protect the 15 to 20 Marines who are carried inside the AAV. A pond test is the final check for the rebuilt AAV's, making smoke used for concealment checking seals for leaks, before they are prepositioned when needed.

Hooks said "There are Marines that are not even born yet that are going to be operating in this vehicle." The Albany Marine Base is playing a key role in the Corps' future plans.    

Colonel Hooks said re-building these AAV's will be a significant workload for Albany's base for years to come.

 

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