Bold Alligator Revitalizes Amphibious Ops

By Daryl C. Smith, Public Affairs Officer, 1NCD

Seabees from Amphibious Construction Battalion (PHIBCB) 2, Construction Battalion Maintenance Battalion Unit (CBMU) 202 and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 supported the largest amphibious exercise in the past 10 years, Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, representing the Navy and Marine Corps’ revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. Bold Alligator focused on today’s fight with today’s forces, while showcasing the advantages of seabasing. The exercise spanned Jan. 31 – Feb. 12, afloat and ashore, in and around Virginia and North Carolina.

Seabees from NMCB 133 and Marines from the 8th Engineering Support Battalion (ESB)  prepare to transport improved ribbon bridge sections, known as bays, to the installation site via bridge erection boats (BEBs) during Exercise Bold Alligator 2012. Photo by Lt. j.g. Alberto Crespo

(From left to right) BU3s Brian Gilliam, Paul Theile and Ryan Moore, NMCB 133, assemble a wooden bench for use at the Bogue Field camp during Exercise Bold Alligator 2012. NMCB 133’s Bridge Detachment partnered with the Marine’s 8th Engineering Support Battalion (ESB) to provide support for the largest amphibious exercise in the past 10 years. Photo by Lt. j.g. Alberto Crespo

Seabees NMCB 133 and Marines from 8th Engineering Support Battalion (ESB) connect bridge sections, known as bays, during the installation of an improved ribbon bridge during Exercise Bold Alligator  2012. Photo by Lt. j.g. Alberto Crespo

 

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