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The US Navy Uses These Beefy Chevy Silverado HD Pickup Trucks

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author photo by Doug DeMuro May 2017

If you're like me, you probably thought the United States military primarily drove around in purpose-built vehicles that could ford water up to 38 feet deep, and also fly, and each one cost taxpayers $8.4 million, and a replacement tire is $12,400. Apparently, that's not true. Apparently, sometimes, they just use Chevy Silverados.

I took the photograph you see above last year in beautiful Coronado, California, which is a peninsula near San Diego that all the local residents inexplicably refer to as an island. Coronado is primarily home to two things: a neighborhood of multi-zillion dollar homes that's the closest thing you can get, in America, to going back to the 1950s, and also a military base. Oddly, the two things coexist surprisingly well.

So anyway, what happens is when you're walking around this neighborhood, you inevitably run into various military vehicles. This is one of those vehicles: It's a heavy-duty Chevy Silverado being driven by a sailor wearing uniform. No, it's not a Humvee or some other armored personnel carrier. It turns out, in some cases, apparently, they just drive pickups.

The thing I like most about this Silverado HD is just how much it looks like a regular civilian truck that's been modified by some guy in a vain attempt to make it look like a military vehicle. You have a lift kit, and blacked-out wheels, and a big brush guard on the front, and U.S. Navy writing on the door, and it looks like some guy who retired from the military 20 years ago is trying to give his window-washing work truck a cooler look. It even appears to be plasti-dipped in military green, though I suspect in reality it's some sort of advanced paint that costs taxpayers $93,200 per vehicle.

Interestingly, I saw dozens of these things -- all Silverados -- in Coronado, so the Navy must have a bunch of them. If you think it's cool, just wait: I suspect it'll be coming to a local military surplus auction in the next decade or two. Or maybe you can duplicate it yourself with your window-washing work truck.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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