Harrier Takes Off

120204-N-UM734-145 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 3, 2012) 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. 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 takes place 30 Jan – 12 Feb, 2012 afloat and ashore in and around Virginia and North Carolina. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tommy Lamkin/RELEASED)

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