NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - U.S. Navy sailors from Assault Craft Unit Four (ACU4) are working with the crew of the French projection and command ship (BPC) FS Mistral (L9013) this week to certify her well deck operations to prepare for Bold Alligator 2012.
Bold Alligator 2012, which is scheduled for Jan. 30 through Feb. 12, will be the largest amphibious exercise conducted by the Navy and Marine Corps in at least the last ten years, according to the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command .
The two-day training evolution held off the coast of Virginia, in preparation for Bold Alligator 2012, will strengthen interoperability between the two Navies and enhance their ability to work together in an amphibious operation, according to a news release from Naval Surface Force, Atlantic.
The first day of operations will focus on certifying the crew and ship to receive and operate LCACs while the second day will finish up any outstanding certification requirements and include a dress rehearsal of the Mistral's participation in Bold Alligator 2012.
WAVY News has a crew at the training event. Look for more updates on-air and online.
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