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DUKWs in Royal Marine service

robin craig


Most people know about the few DUKWs in service with the Royal Marines at Instow in Devon.


I know they have been retrofitted with diesel engines, if i recall, someone from this forum was involved.


My basic question is just how much longer does anyone reckon they will be in service for, what will cause them to be disposed of when the time comes, and just what will they be replaced by?


Idle questions I know, but just cant help asking the basic questions sometimes.



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As there is nothing to replace them with I suspect they will be kept going for as long as possible. One is fitted with a Bedford diesel, I think by Rex Ward. The other has a Cummins, I have been in this one but by the drivers own admission it is totally useless as it belly's itself when used on sand. This would appear to be due to the Bedford having plenty of torque at low revs whilst the Cummins needs a heavy boot on the throttle.

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