Alligator Dagger 2017 - Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure
Marines and Sailors with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force conduct a visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) mission aboard USS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB 3) and a merchant vessel during Alligator Dagger 2017. VBSSs are conducted to capture and control a suspected enemy vessel in order to combat terrorism, piracy, and smuggling operations on the sea. Available expeditionary Navy/Marine Corps forces stand ready aboard ships to assure allies, deter potential adversaries and provide persistent U.S. presence.
Alligator Dagger provides opportunity to enhance capabilities in critical mission sets inherent to the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps team.
U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Hannah Perkins - September 2017 Video edited by USA Patriotism!