This morning, I got wondering if the Navy ordered any other vehicles besides CJ-3As. Well, I found some information across the net on various Navy Jeeps. I list some different flattie models below, but some CJ-5s and others also spent time with the Navy.
Over at the CJ-2A page, Bob posted an article from the Toledo Times (8/24/1946) about the Navy ordering 200 Willys Overland Jeeps in 1946 for use along the great lakes and the coasts. Bob also mentioned the Navy ordered both CJ-3As & DJ-3As.
This G503.com thread has a some images of Navy CJ-2As and examples of tags (an example tag is seen above).
Stretched Navy CJ-2A, the CJ-2E, and the CJ-2L?
According to JP Magazine, a rumor persists that WO built an extended CJ-2A for the army in 1948 called the CJ-2E. However, they feel this is a rumor because there are no records for such a creation. In addition, experts they asked said the extended CJ-2As often came on a later model frame. While I have not personally seen any of the extended CJ-2As in person, I have seen enough of them for sale to make me think that they might have produced on a very limited basis.
And speaking of streched CJ-2As,
it looks like someone picked up that pinkish ‘2A that I had listed from Bonsall, Ca. He reports that he was a told a dealer (likely somewhere on the west coast) bought some CJ-2As, stretched them, and then called them a CJ-2L. Well, sure enough, the pinkish CJ-2A’s registration lists it as a CJ-2L (though not a navy jeep).
Navy CJ-3B Navy
According to the JeepDr. website, they have restored a Navy CJ-3B and have the Navy paperwork to back up the claim. Now, this might be a M-606 as the site doesn’t specifically answer this question.
You can see another example of a Navy CJ-3B at the CJ-3B Page (scroll most of the way to the bottom).
CJ-V35/U for the Navy & USMC
Of course, there is also highly sought after CJ-V35/U made for the Navy & the United States Marine Corp. These were actually CJ-3As modified into CJ-V35/Us