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Last MRAP to Serve in Iraq Heads Home

by John Reed on April 9, 2012

Here you have it. This photo shows the last MRAP to be shipped home after serving in the Iraq war. This particular MRAP is a Caiman PLus model and it drove out of Iraq on Dec. 18, 2011 as the last U.S. troops were leaving the country. She’s now en route back to the states after being loaded aboard the freighter OCean Crescent. Once stateside, the armored truck will take up residence at the 1st Cavalry Division museum at Fort Hood, Tx.

One has to wonder if this will be the end of an era? Will the military, now focused on cost cutting and pivoting towards operations in the Pacific theater, have a use for the trucks that came to be a symbol of the Iraq war?

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mpower6428 April 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm

It looks like the automotive combat frankenstein.

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Mastro April 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm

They'd better keep a few- IED's are here to stay.

Sure- the Generals and colonels like to zip around in open air jeeps with flags fluttering- but the grunts still need some protection.

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Jayson April 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm

IED's have been around since the Chinese developed gun powder. It's not a new concept of war and more have died in WW2 from IED's than Iraq and Afghanistan. In a few years there could be new more effective models proposed making these first gen models obsolete.

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Mastro April 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

Well then- a few generals should be court marshalled for sending US troops to the sandbox in nothing but Hummers. Then crying that it would take 2+ years to up armor them and that would ruin their frames.

As for "new more effective models"- maybe- physics still helps- nothing stops an IED like a big armored box- with a V bottom.

Of course the Pentagon will have some $$billion program that will promise gold plated nonsense- but I'll just take an MRAP if I'm ever there.

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tiger April 10, 2012 at 7:08 pm

The MRAP was a waste.

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blight_ April 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm

It was a very specialized tool belatedly deployed to address a specialized problem that had been theorized about for years but never addressed with concrete dollars and resources until Humvees blowing up became popular Jihadi video fare.

Anonymous April 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Ahhh yes, another multi-billion dollar program that should have never existed in a war that should have never happened.

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Jeff April 10, 2012 at 6:15 am

Well there are atleast 2900 and their families that would have wished we'd had spent it sooner. Please troll elsewhere.

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Anonymous April 10, 2012 at 10:35 am

Funny, Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Nice try, history revisionist and Bush administration spokesperson.

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LtKitty April 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

If you'd actually care to remember your history, the United States had a long list of reasons for dismantling Saddam's regime. Regardless, MRAPS saved lives, whether you wanted our troops to be there or not. No need to defile a good machine with your sarcastic spew. Be happy for it at least…

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pincus April 10, 2012 at 6:02 pm

When you "actually care to remember history," do you somehow forget that the yellowcake uranium documents were "convenient" forgeries? Do you somehow remember Powell's U.N. presentation as anything other than a wholly discredited heap of lies and exaggerations? Welcome to 2012, you should check up on what's been happening since 2003…

zippo August 11, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Ahhh, little grasshopper. Sleep safe and move aside while others fight to keep you safe. But , move aside when you sit at their table, for you are a coward and unworthy.

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Klem April 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Melt the steel and build more Zumwalts.

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Benjamin April 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Got to agree with you. The Zumwalts are more practical thing to have around when you do not know where the next threat will come from. The MRAP is only capable of functioning in a counterinsurgency environment.

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Anonymous April 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Yeah but judging by the actions of the 'best and brightest' in command – we'll be involved in another counterinsurgency somewhere again. They don't learn from their past mistakes.

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blight_ April 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm

They'll go into deep sleep, like the extra five divisions worth of Abrams and Bradleys after GW1. They'll be back when the nation needs them: though they may be obsolete when it's time to use them! (or cynically, we'll be back at war again so soon that they won't be totally unfamiliar)

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Prodozul April 9, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Wake me…When you need me

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aMeatyPopsicle April 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Master Chief?

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tiger April 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm

What, like those useless FEMA trailers? Doubtful….

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blight_ April 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I recognize their uselessness in a Fulda Gap or an early OIF, but if we are to become a nation-building, occupation army of the near future, MRAPs and the like are in our future.

Look at South Africa, which became a leader in mine resistant vehicles and counter insurgency after several decades of the stuff during the apartheid years.

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Jacob Phillips April 9, 2012 at 6:29 pm

If it really is the last one out, it belongs in a museum. IMO

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FormerDirtDart April 9, 2012 at 6:37 pm

"Once stateside, the armored truck will take up residence at the 1st Cavalry Division museum at Fort Hood, Tx."

Reading is fundamental, still.

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ffjbentson April 10, 2012 at 9:22 am

Yah but how OLD is this vehicle….5 years…a museum? Sell it to the Free Syrian Army or the Iraqi army or the Afghan Army….lets get SOME of our investment back, its no wonder we are going broke.

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tiger April 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Nobody wants them, they cost a ton & lousy off road.
http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htarm/articles/2

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Jayson April 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I'd say Afghan could use them but that's winding down as well. Likely just a niche utlity vehicle who's role comes and goes.

Personally I like to see a small focus on the Pacific but moreso in Mexico. Help Mexicans clean up the cartels, then we can pull our manufacturing needs from China to onshore that's faster to market and faster to adapt to market changes and more secure from having leaking secrets. A side plus is less money wasted on the border security when every day Mexicans are being prosperous enough to not wish to jump to the US to find work and more manufacturers sending jobs there taking advantage of NAFTA making products cost the same as being manufactured in China.

Lets clean up Mexico first.

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Big-Rick April 9, 2012 at 8:12 pm

good theory Jayson, but Mexico will not change until it's culture changes-which isn't very likely

Every wonder why 3rd world countries always stay 3rd world?

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crumb April 10, 2012 at 4:10 am

i dunno, maybe part of it is because of imf/world bank 'aid' that goes to corrupt leaders propped up by US interests and the austerity measures that imposed when the funds are looted? go back to jerking off over guns and leave policy analysis to adults

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tiger April 10, 2012 at 7:20 pm
Pat April 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Hey this was on DODBuzz already today!

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TMB April 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm

1. The two sites are run by the same people.
2. The Buzz article is in the hyperlink at the end of this article.

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Robert April 9, 2012 at 8:53 pm

With budget realities changing, they'll likely hang on to number these vehicles (hopefully in serviceable condition) repurpose them into something more useful. RPG aren't going to away in warfare, its likely this style warfare is going be way-its going to be. Though, MRAPs are bit of fuel-hogs, hopefully they can reconfigured to be less costly to operate.

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HexColor April 9, 2012 at 10:31 pm

These Guys replace my unit from mt lol

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WRG01 April 10, 2012 at 9:06 am

Overpriced garbage trucks. Many of them very effective so long as they don't have to go off-road…certainly many need to be kept around. I would think it would be fitting to outfit our lesser capable allies, especially those operating in Somalia and the like, with some of them. Ugandan soldier lack basic body armor, yet ride in the back 5-tons facing IEDs, RPGs and snipers. They do this to combat terrorism…Just sayin'. As for my garbage truck comment…it's appropriate.

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Mastro April 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

Who the *&%$ wants to serve in the Ugandan army??

I imagine their casualty rate is terrible compared to the US.

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anantoniusbauwens April 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm

If onlly we could put "WAR" in a museum?!

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brianckramer April 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

The MRAP is what happens when you have to fight a war that doesn't matter against an enemy that is just waiting for you to leave. It's the mobile equivalent of a bomb shelter: defensive only, and only serve to protect it's occupants, not win a war.

couldn't even see out the GD windscreen

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LouisAlvarez Olga Dyachenko April 12, 2012 at 2:24 am

All these dumbshits and their comments, who have never served in Iraq, and never seen how MRAPs have saved lives. And mainly, who have never served in Iraq.

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ben November 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm

hate them, Used MAXPRO's and never had anything good come out of them. As a 19D we were unable to effectively do or job because we couldnt maneuver these where we wanted them. Also there were way to many maintance issues that were above the dash 20 level.

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jordan hayden January 16, 2014 at 2:27 am

I drove a camon in Iraq in 2009-2010 and I miss that vehical I drove over 4,000 miles.

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kola15 January 26, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Why have most people not put the blame on the one person who is responsible.. Saddam Hussein. For the past 10 years after Desert Storm how many times did he violate the UN sanctions and interfered with the weapon inspectors. Even Bill Clinton gave him a chance. You don't keep a large military force in place unless the threat is that big. Like South Korea and West Germany during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Since the other side used IEDs as their weapon of choice. The MRAP will have draw backs but what is the alternative?

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tiger April 10, 2012 at 9:09 pm

So specialized they have no use for 20,000 of the silly things. Too big, too heavy, Too expensive to operate as a daily transport. Off road abilities poor. Too heavy for some bridges. The Idea of making troops into turtles is the wrong one. Armor faded after the Middle ages for a reason. The trade off for protection is speed & mobility. Not mention Hot & heavy to wear. The M-2 Bradley issues leading to it's replacement as well.

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blight_ April 10, 2012 at 9:15 pm

"Armor faded after the Middle ages for a reason"

Yes, and it unfaded in time for law enforcement and OIF. Not sure if SAPI would've made a difference in Vietnam, as the high temps and humidity would likely discourage their use, or even affect the lamination in worst-case scenarios.

Not sure what they'll use 20k mraps for, but they can always dump them on law enforcement. In the '90s they were giving away M113's…perhaps MRAPs are the new law enforcement aid package of the future?

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JoeSovereign July 10, 2013 at 11:14 am

Exactly what we need in America is a more militarized local police force. We already have the Mayberry PD with their own SWAT teams.

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blight_ July 10, 2013 at 11:19 am

Snickersnacker, and totally correct now that I look back on it.

Tons of videos of cops everywhere being given MRAPs or buying Bearcats with DHS money. Obama-MRAPs, anyone?
http://www.salon.com/2013/07/07/“why_did_yo

Radley's been following this for quite some time. I guess if George III had used swat teams instead of redcoats to search for contraband…

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