The landing of amphibious amphibious assault vehicles from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD1) during the Bold Alligator - 2012 exercise.
Last month, President Obama, in his address to the strategic leadership of the Department of Defense, said that after ten years of active struggle against insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US armed forces - especially ground forces - will be reduced in size over the next five years.
Thus, the new policy provides for more compact, mobile, quickly responding to threats, combat forces, expeditionary in nature, capable of delivering troops and equipment to where they are most needed.
Amphibious air cushion (LCAC) comes ashore during the assault landing phase of the Daring Alligator - 2012 exercise.
Over the past couple of years, the United States Marine Corps has presented itself as a "medium-weight" rapid-response force, capable of going anywhere and engaging in combat from the sea or air.
A similar statement was made against the background of the “Daring Alligator - 2012” exercise on the coast of Virginia and North Carolina. These are the largest landing exercises in the past ten years, conducted by the US Navy, marines and the forces of several NATO member states and other countries.
The exercise, which began on January 30 and ended on February 12, was attended by more than two dozen naval ships, as well as around 20000 sailors and marines from NATO countries (Great Britain, Canada, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain), as well as forces from Australia and New Zealand.
US and French marines launch a SMAAW (Squad Medium Anti Armor Weapon) rocket during the Cheeky Alligator - 2012 exercise at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
The training that took place during the exercises included a landing assault conducted by River flotilla navy and dutch marines. Three large-scale operations have also been carried out, including amphibious landings at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and airborne and amphibious landings at Fort Pickett, Virginia.
The Royal Marines of the Netherlands and the sailors of the First River Flotilla of the United States (RIVRON) are carrying out a landing party during the Daring Alligator - 2012 exercise.
The units involved in the exercise included the strike group of the aircraft carrier Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, the Second Expeditionary Shock Group (ESG-2), the Second Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB), the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready (ARG) Group, the Twenty-fourth Expeditionary Force Marine Corps (MEU) and Naval Expeditionary Command (NECC).
The MV-22B Osprey Convertoplan from the Marine Medium Tiltrotor 266 Squadron Marine unloaded on the deck of the USS Wasp, on the background of the MH-60S Knighthawk during the exercises Daring Alligator
Senior Officer 1 of a US Navy article Jason Kelsaw during a patrol at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, February 7 2012, during the Daring Alligator - 2012 exercise. Kelsow is a machine gunner for the Mark 44 River Patrol Boat, Small Unit Riverine Craft.
Sailors patrol the waterways during a bold Xigm alligator exercise at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, February 2012 7. Sailors belong to the First and Third Flotilla.
Sailors patrol the waterways during the Cheeky Alligator - 2012 exercise in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, February 7 2012.
The security team is preparing a beachhead on the beach during the teachings of the Daring Alligator 2012 Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, February 7 2012.
A helicopter flies over the beach in preparation for the implementation of the landing on the exercises Impudent Alligator 2012 in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, February 6 2012 of the year.
Fighting amphibians travel along the coast after disembarking from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge during the assault assault phase of the Cheeky Alligator - 2012 exercise in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 6 February 2012 of the year.
The marines are riding a coastal amphibious ship along the coast during the landing of the Bold Alligator - 2012 exercises in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, February 6 2012.
A Marine directs combat amphibians across a pontoon bridge during the assault landing phase of the Daring Alligator - 2012 exercise at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, February 6 of the year.
Marine directs unloading tank A-1 Abrams from the US Navy hovercraft in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, February 6, 2012.
Terrence Claxton, a junior corporal of the Marine Corps, ensures the unloading of the A-1 Abrams tank from a US Navy airbag vehicle during the Cheeky Alligator 2012 exercise in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 6 February 2012.
Marine runs in front of a truck towing an artillery installation.
A sailor directs a hovercraft at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, February 6 2012.
Senior Officer 2 Article Navy USA Matthew Jordan (Matthew Jordan) for the machine gun M240G during reconnaissance in the Atlantic Ocean, January 30 2012 of the year.
Sailors aboard the 802 River Command Boat are conducting reconnaissance of the route in the Atlantic Ocean, 30 in January 2012.
Sailors aboard the USS Iwo Jima multipurpose amphibious assault ship are preparing the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter for deployment in a hangar in the Atlantic Ocean, 30 January 2012. The Iwo Jima Amphibious Rapid Response Team participates in the exercise.
Sailors board the US Navy Porter rigid inflatable boat in the Atlantic Ocean, January 31, 2012.
The assault hovercraft enters the dock of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge.
The MV-22 Osprey convertible is landing onboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge during exercises in the Atlantic Ocean.
Foreman 3-s article Jobey French (for Jobey French) for the mini machine gun MK 44 during the operation to ensure the safety of ships on inland waterways in North Carolina during exercises in the Atlantic Ocean, 1 February 2012 year.
Sailor watching the take-off of the AV-8B Harrier from the 542-th Marine Fighter Squadron, USS Kearsarge 1 landing ship February 2012.
Marines prepare to land a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during a medical evacuation training onboard the USS Gunston Hall landing craft during the Bold Alligator - 2012 in the Atlantic Ocean, February 2 2012.
Foreman 1 of US FMF article Jacob Peterson observes USS Kearsarge landing craft in the Atlantic Ocean, February 2 2012 of the year.
A Marine checks the AV-8B Harrier aircraft aboard the USS Kearsarge landing craft in the Atlantic Ocean, February 2 2012. The photo shows the foreman of the 1 article by Tommy Lamkin of the US Navy.
The MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter flies from the USS Kearsarge amphibious assault ship during exercises in the Atlantic Ocean, February 2, 2012.