Foreign Legion: Bold Alligator 2017

Legionnaires from three Foreign Legion regiments are participating in Bold Alligator, a joint multinational warfare exercise organized by the United States. About 14 foreign nations’ forces joined the exercise in North Carolina this year. The exercise starts today, October 18.

The Foreign Legion is represented by legionnaires from the 13e DBLE, reinforced by detachments from the 1er REC and 1er REG.

They are stationed at Camp Lejeune, a military training facility of the U.S. Marine Corps in Jacksonville, North Carolina, the main base for the exercise. Its 14 miles (23 km) of beaches are ideal for the amphibious assault training of Bold Alligator.

The event has been held annually, since 2011. Over 10,000 of marines, airmen and soldiers are involved in amphibious operations designed to demonstrate maritime and amphibious force capabilities. In 2016, Bold Alligator was postponed a year, to 2017. Due to humanitarian missions after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the U.S. in the Caribbean, the 2017 exercise was scaled down.

Bold Alligator 2017 will take place between October 18-30.

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Legionnaires at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, October 2017.
© Photo credit: Légion étrangère

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