M1 Abrams tanks have been removed from the largest Marine Corps base as part of the military branch’s new force structure plan unveiled in March.
The Marines are also retiring M88 armored recovery vehicles and Armored Vehicle Launched Bridges.
The retirement of the tanks is part of the branch’s 10-year revamp plan to reinvent itself as a naval expeditionary force, as revealed by Marine Corps commandant Gen. David Berger in March.
“China, in terms of military capability, is the pacing threat,” Berger told The Wall Street Journal at the time.
“If we did nothing, we would be passed.”
The plan includes getting rid of all tanks, cutting back on the aircraft and shrinking in total numbers from 189,000