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NORFOLK (Jan. 28, 2012) U.S. and coalition admirals and generals gathered at the Camp Allen gymnasium to perform a rehearsal of concept drill to enhance the overall situational awareness of units participating in exercise Bold Alligator 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Keck/Released)

 NORFOLK (Jan. 28, 2012) U.S. and coalition forces gather at the Camp Allen gymnasium to perform a rehearsal of concept drill to enhance the overall situational awareness of units participating in 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. The exercise focuses on today's fight with today's forces, while showcasing the advantages of seabasing. The exercise will take place Jan. 30 through Feb. 12, 2012 afloat and ashore in and around Virginia and North Carolina. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Keck/Released)

NORFOLK (Jan. 26, 2012) Sailors from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) moor the French navy amphibious assault ship FS Mistral (L9013) to its berth at Naval Station Norfolk. Kearsarge is sponsoring Mistral during their visit to the United States. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Corbin Shea/Released)

NORFOLK (Jan. 26, 2012) Sailors form the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) stand by as the French navy amphibious assault ship FS Mistral (L9013) approaches Naval Station Norfolk. Kearsarge is sponsoring Mistral during their visit to the United States. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Corbin Shea/Released)

 120125-N-CG436-056 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Jan. 25, 2012) Landing Craft Air-Cushion (LCAC) 53 speeds from the French navy projection and command ship FS Mistral (L9013) to the shoreline during a well deck certification. Mistral will participate in Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years. The exercise will take place Jan. 30 through Feb. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael M. Scichilone/Released)   120125-N-PI709-326 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Jan. 25, 2012) The Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 53 assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 approaches the well deck of the French projection and command ship FS Mistral (L9013). Mistral was at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story for a rehearsal exercise in preparation for Bold Alligator 2012. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Samantha Thorpe/Released)

120125-N-CG436-205 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va (Jan 25, 2012) U.S. Navy Sailors guide Landing Craft Air-Cushioned (LCAC) 53 as the craft turns around to return to sea during an exercise off the coast of Virginia. LCACs and other amphibious vehicles will participate in Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years. The exercise will take place Jan. 30 through Feb. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael M. Scichilone/Released)

 120125-N-CG436-324 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va (Jan 25, 2012) A crew member from the French navy projection and command ship FS Mistral (L9013) scans the horizon in an exercise off the coast of Virginia. Mistral will participate in Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years. The exercise will take place Jan. 30 through Feb. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael M. Scichilone/Released)
 120124-N-WS082-003 NORFOLK (Jan. 24, 2011) French Navy Capt. Emmanuel Gue discusses logistical affairs with Rear Adm. Kevin Scott, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 2, Marine Brig. Gen. Christopher Owens, assigned to 2nd Marine Expeditionary Battalion, and French Army Col. Nicolas Jovanovic about the upcoming Bold Alligator 2012 exercise during an office visit aboard USS WASP (LHD 1). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Justin K. Thomas/Released)  111115-N-ZO696-019 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Nov. 15, 2011) Rear Adm. Kevin Scott and Brig. Gen. Chris Owens lead a planning discussion at Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Atlantic at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Fort Story. Bold Alligator represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the fundamentals of amphibious operations, strengthening their traditional role as fighters from the sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Phil Beaufort/Released)