ComNavOps loves doing historical comparisons.
Let’s compare a WWII airplane to a modern one. The Navy’s mainstay in WWII was the Hellcat. Today’s mainstay is the Super Hornet. That’s a vast leap in capability in 70 years.
Let’s compare a WWII Sherman tank to a modern M1 Abrams. Not even remotely comparable!
Let’s compare a WWII amphibious assault vehicle, the LVTA4 Amtrac (and a few other names), to today’s version, the LVTP-7 AAV. These are not as well known so let’s refresh our memories with a few relevant specs.
Today: AAV (LVTP-7)
321” x 129”
Mk19 40mm Grenade Launcher / 0.50 cal MG
8 kts in water
WWII: LVTA4 Amtrac
313” x 128”
75mm Howitzer / 0.50 cal MG / 0.30 cal MG
7 kts in water
Ahh … Is it just me or are those two vehicles virtually identical with the WWII version actually getting a slight nod in weaponry? Seventy years and this is the extent of our progress in developing and improving the armored amphibious assault vehicle?
I love the Marines but this is a serious indictment of their institutional focus. The main tool of an organization whose main purpose is assaults from the sea is virtually identical to what was used in WWII.
|WWII Amtrac LVT-A4|
Wake up Marines! Quit screwing around trying to be an expeditionary, third air force and go back to what you’re supposed to be doing. Figure out how to get from ship to shore because, right now, you don’t have a clue.