The Military Sealift Command Plays the Fountain of Youth Role: The Ponce Back to Sea

04/24/2012
4/24/12 The USS Ponce (LPD-15) was launched on 20 May 1970. It was last in action off of the coast of Libya and was a member of the ARG-MEU, which was part of the transformation evident in the air operations off the shores of Tripoli. She faced the end of…

Special Report on Bold Alligator 2012 and the Evolution of the Expeditionary Strike Group

04/04/2012
Bold Alligator 2012 was the largest Amphibious exercise in more than a decade. After a decade of land wars, the “return” of the USN-USMC team to littoral engagement operations is a core skillset, which needs to be highlighted and further, enhanced and developed. Because it is called an amphibious exercise,…

Pumas in Support of the US Fleet Global Operations

03/28/2012
03/29/2012: This slideshow features various photos of the EurocopterPuma working in support of the USN-USMC team worldwide. [slidepress gallery='pumas-in-support-of-the-us-fleet-global-operations'] Credit: USN Visual Service In the first photo, an SA-330 Puma helicopter picks up pallets from the Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Lewis and Clark during a vertical replenishment…

Pumas at Bold Alligator 2012

03/22/2012
03/21/2012: The Eurocopter Puma was engaged in Bold Alligator 2012.  Off of the Mistral, the Pumas supported the French Army by transporting artillery pieces and providing support for the troops on the ground. For the USN, the Pumas worked off of the USNS Robert E. Peary providing support for the amphibious…

“A Most Ubiquitous Threat”

03/19/2012
Mine Warfare In Bold Alligator-12 and Expeditionary Warrior-12 Scott C. Truver, PhD In a SLD interview (http://www.sldforum.com/2012/03/the-way-ahead-after-bold-alligator-2012/), COL Bradley Weisz, Deputy Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group TWO, highlighted the importance of mine warfare (MIW), particularly mine countermeasures (MCM), in the joint/combined-forces Bold Alligator 2012 exercise conducted in February. “Both ESG-2 and…

Re-Thinking Maneuver Warfare From the Sea

02/29/2012
by Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake The Libyan operations and Bold Alligator 2012 provide important inputs to re-thinking maneuver warfare from the Sea.  Both operations involve amphibious capabilities and the leverage of sea bases to re-shape how the US and its allies can operate in a new approach leveraging the…

Bold Alligator 2012: Pictures from the US Side

02/16/2012
02/16/2012: This slideshow highlights photos taken by USN and USMC photographers during the Bold Alligator exercise. [slidepress gallery='bold-alligator-2012-us-side'] Credit: US Navy:February 6 and 7 2012 In the first photo, Aviation boatswain's mates show flight information to the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier before take-off aboard the amphibious assault ship USS…

USN and the French Navy Working Together in Bold Alligator 2012

02/15/2012
02/14/2012: U.S. Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion carries French vehicles to the shoreline in an exercise off the coast of Virginia.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…