M60 Patton Tank - Graysonville, Maryland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member flyingmoose
N 38° 57.781 W 076° 12.321
18S E 395570 N 4313363
Quick Description: A M60 Patton Tank at the Graysonville VFW.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 10/15/2020 11:58:45 AM
Waymark Code: WM13911
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
Views: 1

Long Description:

This retired M60 Patton tank resides outside of the VFW Post 7464. You can park right behind it and enjoy taking photos of it. As the sign states, please keep off tank.

Year Made: 1962
Weight: 57 Tons
Length: 22.9 Feet
Width: 11.9 Feet
Height: 10.7 Feet
Crew: 4
Armor: 120 Millimeter
Armament: 105 Millimeter Main Gun
Armament: 50 Caliber Gun
Speed: 28.8 Miles Per Hour
Range: 300 Miles
Engine: 750 Horse Power Diesel

The M60 is an American second generation main battle tank (MBT). It was officially standardized as the Tank, Combat, Full Tracked: 105-mm Gun, M60 in March 1959. Although developed from the M48 Patton, the M60 tank series was never officially classified but sometimes informally grouped, as a member of the Patton tank family. The similarities can be noted in the original variant of the M60 and the M48A3. The US Army considered it as a "product-improved descendant" of the Patton tank's design.[14] The United States fully committed to the MBT doctrine in 1963 when the Marine Corps retired the last (M103) heavy tank battalion. The M60 tank series became America's primary main battle tank during the Cold War. Over 15,000 M60s were built by Chrysler. Hull production ended in 1983, but 5,400 older models were converted to the M60A3 variant ending in 1990.
It reached operational capability with fielding to US Army units in Europe beginning in December 1960. The first combat usage of the M60 was with Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur War where it saw service under the "Magach 6" designation, performing well in combat against comparable tanks such as the T-62. In 1982 the Israelis once again used the M60 during the 1982 Lebanon War, equipped with upgrades such as explosive reactive armor to defend against guided missiles that proved very effective at destroying tanks. The M60 also saw use in 1983 with Operation Urgent Fury, supporting US Marines in an amphibious assault into Grenada. M60s delivered to Iran also served in the Iran–Iraq War. The United States' largest deployment of M60s was in the 1991 Gulf War, where the US Marines equipped with M60A1s effectively defeated Iraqi armored forces, including T-72M tanks. The United States readily retired the M60 after Operation Desert Storm, with the last units being retired from active service in 1997. M60-series vehicles continue in front-line service with a number of countries' militaries, though most of these have been highly modified and had their firepower, mobility and protection upgraded to increase their combat effectiveness on the modern battlefield.
The M60 underwent many updates over its service life. The interior layout, based on the design of the M48, provided ample room for updates and improvements, extending the vehicle's service life for over four decades. It was widely used by the US and its Cold War allies, especially those in NATO, and remains in service throughout the world today, despite having been superseded by the M1 Abrams in the US military. The tank's hull also developed a wide variety of prototypical, utility and support vehicles such as armored recovery vehicles, bridge layers and combat engineering vehicles. As of 2015 Egypt is the largest operator with 1,716 upgraded M60A3s, Turkey is second with 866 upgraded units in service, and Saudi Arabia is third with over 650 units. - Wikipedia

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Do not climb on tank.

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