CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2012) Landing craft air cushions prepare to come ashore after departing the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) 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 is taking 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 2nd Class Tom Gagnier.