Wednesday, August 19, 2020

2d LAR Splash Training

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 2d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2d Marine Division perform a floatation test with Light Armored Vehicle-25s at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, August 18, 2020. These tests are imperative to determine the seaworthiness of a vehicle for future training and operations to maintain the Division’s combat readiness.
I highlighted the word "seaworthiness" for a reason.  Berger has already expressed doubt about the future of LAR.  This is more than a flotation test.  This is a validation of what I believe are his preconceived notions about LAR, how they fit into the fight in the Pacific and whether they'll be long for the Missile Marine Corps.

I believe this unit is fighting for it's life but doesn't know it.

My guess?

If it can't swim from ship to shore, is too heavy to be carried by helo to shore (and let's be IS!), and has weapons that are overmatched by cannons carried by utility vehicles (even the Army's squad carrier mounts a 30mm cannon now) then that's all he'll need to can the unit.

My guess is that sometime in 2021 (after the 2nd quarter) we'll see LAR's colors cased. 

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