Bonhomme Richard Arrives in San Diego in Homeport Shift

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived in San Diego, concluding her homeport change, May 8. Since departing San Diego in April 2012 for Sasebo, Japan, to replace USS Essex (LHD 2) as the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious assault ship, Bonhomme Richard had served as the flagship of the Amphibious Force 7th Fleet’s expeditionary strike group. During the six years serving forward deployed, the ship participated in exercises, such as the bi-annual exercise Talisman Sabre with the Royal Australian Navy, worked side-by-side with Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU),…

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Bonhomme Richard Completes Unit-level Training, Arrives in Okinawa

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, March 22, following a week of unit-level training at sea. Since Bonhomme Richard’s departure from White Beach on March 14, the ship’s crew has conducted several drills and trainings to ensure readiness and sharpen the crew’s rapid-response skills. “We train so we are ready to respond to any kind of contingency or crisis in the AOR (Area of Responsibility),” said Capt. Larry McCullen, commanding officer of Bonhomme Richard. “I believe the strength of our Navy lies in the…

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Bonhomme Richard departs Manila

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), with embarked 3d Marine Division (MARDIV) Marines, departed Manila to continue a patrol in the Indo-Pacific region following a scheduled port visit, March 8. During the visit, the ship hosted distinguished visitors, including three ambassadors to the Republic of the Philippines, several key Indo-Pacific region military officers, and local leaders for a capabilities brief and a ship tour. The port visit followed Bonhomme Richard’s participation in exercise Cobra Gold 2018, and provided the crew an opportunity to experience the rich history and culture of the…

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USS Bonhomme Richard conducts readiness for sea assessment

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 23, to conduct its second day of a readiness for sea Assessment following the completion of a four-month in port maintenance period. The assessment, which requires a day of at-sea operations, takes place in advance of a regularly scheduled patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. The Naval Surface Forces-led assessment evaluates the crew’s proficiency in propulsion and navigation, as well as equipment essential to operating at sea, in order to certify the ship as ready for deployment. “The…

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Bonhomme Richard Concludes Final Seventh Fleet Deployment

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) returned to Sasebo, Japan, after completing a four-month deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), Sept. 25. While deployed to the South Pacific, Bonhomme Richard, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), participated in the bilateral, biennial U.S.-Australia exercise Talisman Saber 2017, completed amphibious integration training (AIT), successfully certified during the 31st MEU’s certification exercise (CERTEX) and completed an amphibious maritime warfare (AMW) evaluation. Additionally, Bonhomme Richard conducted port visits to Australia’s cities of Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, during which many Sailors…

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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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