Sunday, April 21, 2024

U.S. Marines conduct UTV training in Japan

The U.S. Marine Corps announced on Friday that Marines with 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division, have conducted the Utility-Terrain Vehicle Driver’s Course on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan.

According to a recent service news release, the Utility Terrain Vehicle Course teaches Marines capabilities and proper handling of off-highway vehicles during its reconnaissance missions.

UTVs are four wheeled versatile machines able to traverse rough terrain, tight spots and narrow roads other vehicles have difficulty or can’t fit through.


Unlike other off-road vehicles, such as dirt bikes or all-terrain vehicles, the UTVs feature extra seats to safely accommodate passengers and a cargo bed to help transport gear and supplies. The roll-over protection structure guards users in case of an accident, and its light weight and engine size save gas as an alternate to SUVs and trucks.

3d Reconnaissance Battalion uses the UTV to conduct mounted insertions and extractions during reconnaissance missions.

Joshua Amidon, a reconnaissance Marine with 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division. Photo by Lance Cpl. Juan Carpanzano.

“Getting to experience the different terrain and weather is the best part of training on Okinawa,” said U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Joshua Amidon, a reconnaissance Marine with 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division. “Learning how it can impact the mission is what sets us above our adversaries.”

All benefits of UTVs have made the vehicle a commonly used asset in the Marine Corps.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Juan Carpanzano

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.