Harriers Operating During Bold Alligator 2012

16 Harriers operated off of the USS Kearsarge during theBold Alligator 2012 exercise. And these aircraft worked with land based air in providing close air support and other missions in support of the sea base and the ground insertion forces.

The first five photos are credited to the USN
and the second five to 2nd Marine
Aircraft Wing & Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

  • In the first two photos, an AV-8B Harrier takes off from the
    flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during Bold
    Alligator 2012.
  • In the third photo, Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate
    (Handling) Antonio Wright of Charlotte, N.C., directs the take-off of an AV-8B
    Harrier on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3)
    during Bold Alligator 2012.
  • In the fourth photo, Marines from Marine Attack Squadron
    (VMA) 542 hoist an engine out of an AV-8B Harrier for maintenance in the hangar
    bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during Bold Alligator
    2012.
  • In the fifth photo, an AV-8B Harrier from Marine Fighter
    Squadron 231 lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS
    Kearsarge during Bold Alligator 2012.
  • In the sixth photo, an AV-8B Harrier prepares to take off
    during night time flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS
    Kearsarge (LHD 3) during Bold Alligator 2012.
  • In the seventh photo, a Marine AV-8B Harrier from Marine
    Attack Squadron 542 utilizes its vertical landing capability to land aboard the
    USS Kearsarge Feb. 1 for Exercise Bold Alligator 2012. The Harrier is capable
    of vertical/short takeoff and landings which are important aboard amphibious
    assault ships due to the small flight deck and expands the seabasing advantages
    of the Navy and Marine Corps team.
  • In the eighth photo, an AV-8B Harrier from Marine Attack
    Squadron 231 takes off from the USS Kearsarge Feb. 1 during Exercise Bold
    Alligator. The Harriers operated from the Kearsarge while conducting operations
    such as active air defense, combat air patrols, and close air support.
  • In the ninth photo, a Marine AV-8B Harrier from Marine
    Attack Squadron 231 utilizes its vertical landing capability to land aboard the
    USS Kearsarge Feb. 1 for Exercise Bold Alligator 2012.
  • In the final photo, an AV-8B Harrier from Marine Attack
    Squadron 231 takes off from the USS Kearsarge Feb. 1 during Exercise Bold
    Alligator.


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