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120206-N-AP176-051 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 6, 2012) An SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter and MV-22 Ospreys fly above the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) while a landing craft air cushion (LCAC) conducts operations in the water during exercise Bold Alligator 2012. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeff Atherton/Released) 120206-N-GZ228-045 CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2012) Sailors assigned to Beach Master Unit (BMU) 2 watch the sunrise before the start of the amphibious assault phase of Bold Alligator 2012.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jesse Monford/Released) 120206-N-GZ228-097 CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2012) Sailors and Marines work together to secure a catwalk for the use of amphibious assault vehicles during the amphibious assault phase of Bold Alligator 2012. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jesse Monford/Released) 120206-N-KB666-048 CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2012) A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) returns to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during a Bold Alligator 2012 amphibious landing exercise. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gregory N. Juday/Released)
120206-N-KB666-082 CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2012) French forces practice an amphibious landing during a Bold Alligator 2012 amphibious landing exercise. Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years, represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gregory N. Juday/Released) 120206-N-KB666-155 CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2012) Amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) make their way toward shore during an amphibious assault exercise as part of Bold Alligator 2012. Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years, represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gregory N. Juday/Released) 120206-N-KB666-253 CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2012) A landing craft air cushioned returns to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during an amphibious assault exercise as part of Bold Alligator 2012. Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years, represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gregory N. Juday/Released) 120206-N-UM734-005 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 6, 2012) British Royal Marine commandos walk the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) to load into a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during the amphibious assault phase of Bold Alligator 2012. Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years, 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. This exercise will take place Jan. 30 through Feb. 12, 2012 afloat and ashore in and around Virginia and North Carolina. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tommy Lamkin/Released)

120206-N-VG904-024 CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2012) Amphibious assault vehicles coma ashore after departing the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during the amphibious assault phase of Bold Alligator 2012. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tom Gagnier/Released) 120206-N-VG904-065 CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2012) Amphibious assault vehicles come ashore after departing the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during the amphibious assault phase of Bold Alligator 2012. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tom Gagnier/Released) 120206-N-VG904-258 CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2012) Marines drive an armored tank during the amphibious assault phase of Bold Alligator 2012. Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years, represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tom Gagnier/Released) 120206-N-VG904-161 CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2012) A Sailor from Beach Master Unit (BMU) 2 directs a landing craft air cushion during the amphibious assault phase of Bold Alligator 2012. Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years, represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tom Gagnier/Released)
120206-N-VG904-266 CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2012) Marines drive an armored tank during the amphibious assault phase of Bold Alligator 2012. Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years, represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tom Gagnier/Released) 120206-N-VG904-317 CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2012) French Marines approach the beach to deliver vehicles using an amphibious craft from the French amphibious assault ship FS Mistral (L9013) during the amphibious assault phase of Bold Alligator 2012. Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years, represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tom Gagnier/Released) 120206-N-VG904-258 CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2012) Marines drive an armored tank during the amphibious assault phase of Bold Alligator 2012. Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years, represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tom Gagnier/Released) 120206-N-VG904-340 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 6, 2012) A landing craft from the French amphibious assault ship FS Mistral (L9013) comes ashore during the amphibious assault phase of Bold Alligator 2012. Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years, represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tom Gagnier/Released)