Bonhomme Richard Departs Melbourne

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Melbourne, Australia, Sept. 3, concluding a scheduled six-day port visit.  Melbourne is Bonhomme Richard’s third Australian port visit during the current routine deployment as part of the U.S. – Australian biennial, bilateral exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17), following visits to Sydney and Brisbane. “The people of Australia, military and civilian, have made us feel welcome throughout the entirety of this deployment in every port we entered”, said Capt. Larry McCullen, commanding officer of Bonhomme Richard. “We will always cherish the relationships that we have…

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Bonhomme Richard arrives in Melbourne for port visit

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived in Melbourne for a scheduled port visit August 28. Bonhomme Richard and the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) recently completed amphibious integration training (AIT) and a certification exercise (CERTEX), which tested the MEU’s ability to conduct all of its core missions such as stability operations, non-combatant evacuation and disaster relief. “Over the past month, BHR’s crew has been doing remarkable work,” said Capt. Larry McCullen, Bonhomme Richard’s commanding officer. “Our blue-green team came together to execute AIT and earn certification as true professionals.…

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