UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The United States Marine Corps recently tested a new, prototype mine plow that can fold up to fit on a landing craft in an amphibious assault.
In December, the Marine Corps Assault Breacher Vehicle conducted its first amphibious landings with the new modified mine plow during an annual training exercise known as Exercise Steel Knight.
While the current mine plow cannot fit on the landing craft Marines use to move gear ashore, this new version is able to fold up to fit onto the boat.
Mine plows are used to destroy and push aside landmines, clearing a pathway for Marine assault forces.
The move highlights a push by Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller to get the Corps back to its roots — conducting amphibious operations with the U.S. Navy.