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 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2012) Landing craft air cushions approach the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during Bold Alligator 2012.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jesse Monford/Released) ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2012) Insitu and Boeing contractors prepare the unmanned aerial vehicle Scan Eagle for a test flight from the flight deck aboard the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock-landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44). Gunston Hall is underway participating in Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years which represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lauren G. Randall/Released)  ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2012) An MV-22 Osprey helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 261 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group is participating in Bold Alligator 2012 and final certification exercises in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan E. Dial/Released)  CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Jan. 30, 2012) Lt. j.g. Sean Murphy, a patrol officer, assigned to Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 2, conducts a pre-mission operations briefing for his boat crew members during exercise Bold Alligator 2012. Bold Alligator is the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years and represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class R. Jason Brunson/Released)
 BOGUE AIRFIELD (Jan. 30, 2012) Satar Alrubai, a subject matter expert with Defense Training Systems, conducts a cultural awareness class with members of Riverine Squadron 2 during Bold Alligator 2012. Bold Alligator is the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years and represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian A. Goyak/Released) BOGUE AIRFIELD (Jan. 30, 2012) A lane controller with Defense Training Systems conducts a weapons familiarization class with members of Riverine Squadron 2 during Bold Alligator 2012. Bold Alligator is the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years and represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. The exercise focuses on today's fight with today's forces, while showcasing the advantages of seabasing. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian A. Goyak/Released)   ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2012) Fire Controlman 1st Class Kenny Ruth instructs Electronics Technician 3rd Class Eric Miravite on an M240 machine gun during a live-fire exercise aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) during a certification exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Recruit Scott Youngblood/Released)  ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2012) Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1654 from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2, enters the welldeck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) while transiting through the Chesapeake Bay to join 24 other ships taking part in the coalition exercise Bold Alligator 2012. #BA12 (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Edwin F. Bryan/Released) 
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2012) A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during the start of Bold Alligator 2012. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danian Douglas/Released)  CAMP LEJEUNE (Jan 30, 2012) Boatswanain's Mate 2nd Class Shawn Chavez, assigned to Riverine Squadron 2, serves as a lookout while pulling away from the pier during exercise Bold Alligator 2012. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lynn Friant/ Released)