USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived at White Beach, Okinawa, to offload the 3d Marine Division (MARDIV), March 12.
During the port visit, Bonhomme Richard will offload personnel and equipment of the 3d MARDIV following exercise Cobra Gold 2018.
Since embarking in January, 3d MARDIV and Bonhomme Richard have completed their participation in the 37th iteration of CG18, alongside the Kingdom of Thailand, and have conducted scheduled port visits in Laem Chabang, Thailand, and Manila, Philippines.
“It was great working with the 3d MARDIV throughout this patrol and during exercise Cobra Gold,” said Capt. Larry McCullen, commanding officer of Bonhomme Richard. “The professionalism of the 3d MARDIV Marines and Revolutionary Gators ensured a safe and successful mission. They are a fine group of Marines and we look forward to working with them again in the future!”
During the exercise, Bonhomme Richard’s crew launched aircraft from the flight deck and amphibious vehicles from the well deck, supporting the 3d MARDIV’s ship-to-shore operations.
“Bonhomme Richard’s ability to safely and professionally transport and deploy 3d MARDIV aircraft and amphibious assault vehicles was vital to our mission completion during Cobra Gold,” said Lt. Col. Steve Eastin, battalion commander, 3rd battalion, 3rd Marine regiment, 3rd Marine Division. “It was a pleasure working with Capt. McCullen and his crew. It takes both Marines and Sailors working together to succeed in amphibious operations, and we couldn’t ask for better team to work with than Bonhomme Richard.”
Bonhomme Richard is operating in the Indo-Pacific region as part of a regularly scheduled patrol and provides a rapid-response capability in the event of a regional contingency or natural disaster.