Bold Alligator 17 (BA17) was a live, events-driven exercise featuring the Navy-Marine Corps team and partner nation forces. The exercise provided participants tactical level training for amphibious operations, the core requirement to maritime power projection.
While the scope of the exercise was modified due to U.S. and partner nation relief efforts in the wake of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, BA17 incorporated amphibious, carrier strike group, air wing, and expeditionary mine countermeasures operations to provide a rigorous training environment for the combined forces.
"The Bold Alligator exercise series advances how integrated naval forces operate with our allies and partners," said Adm. Phil Davidson, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command. "Improving Navy-Marine Corps amphibious core competencies with coalition, allied and partner nations is a necessary investment in the current and future readiness of our forces."
BA17 built upon the work done during BA16, which integrated the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (2nd MEB) and Expeditionary Strike Group 2 (ESG 2) command elements as they embarked pierside in a live, virtual and constructive environment. The previous year's exercise prepared U.S. service members and partner nation planners for a progressive exercise construct, putting amphibious forces both at sea and ashore in a joint, forcible entry operation training environment. The capabilities required to conduct a forcible entry against an opposing military force are the same capabilities that make the amphibious force the first and best choice for crisis response, humanitarian assistance and building partnerships.
"Bold Alligator allows the Navy-Marine Corps team to prepare for naval expeditionary amphibious combat operations to enhance current naval readiness and inform sea control and power projection force development capabilities," said Lt. Gen. Mark Brilakis, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command. "Although Bold Alligator 17 has been modified due to real world events, it still allows the Navy-Marine Corps team to gain capabilities and to work with our partner nations to set the stage for future exercises in the amphibious training continuum such as Exercise Trident Juncture 18, BA19 and Large Scale Exercise (LSE) 2020."