US Navy Contract Announcements September 6, 2018

General Dynamics, National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, California, was awarded a $218,717,565 firm-fixed-price contract for the execution of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) fiscal year 2018 docking phased maintenance availability. This availability includes a combination of maintenance, modernization, and repair of USS Bonhomme Richard. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $249,176,364. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy); and fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $218,717,565 will be obligated at time of award, and $161,687,028…

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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 Departs Sasebo for Modernization

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Sasebo, Japan, April 18, capping six years of forward-deployed service in the Indo-Pacific. Bonhomme Richard has been the flagship of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet since April 2012, and will now transit to its new homeport in San Diego for follow-on operations and eventual upgrades to accommodate the F-35B Lightning II. During her time as the primary amphibious assault ship in 7th Fleet, Bonhomme Richard participated in a number of exercises such as Talisman Saber with the Australian Defense Force, and exchanges with partners such…

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Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Okinawa for White Beach Festival

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived at White Beach, Okinawa on April 9, the ship’s final time there as she prepares to sail to San Diego for a homeport shift. Forward-deployed since 2012, Bonhomme Richard has frequently stopped in White Beach to either onload or drop off Marines, most often those from 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit but also units under 3rd Marine Division and 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade. As a tribute to the continual support the Okinawa community has provided to Bonhomme Richard over the years, the ship will host…

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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 Arrives in Okinawa, Offloads 3d MARDIV Marines

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…

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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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Exercise Cobra Gold strengthens interoperability, regional relationships

Some 5,800 U.S. service members, working in Thailand alongside forces from 29 partner nations, have wrapped up one of the largest security cooperation exercises in the Indo-Pacific region. Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning told reporters today that Cobra Gold 18, which ended Feb. 23, sought to improve participants’ capability to plan and conduct combined and joint operations, to build relationships among participating nations across the region, and to improve interoperability over a range of activities, including enhancing maritime security and responding to large-scale natural disasters. Three Phases to Success…

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Bonhomme Richard Departs Laem Chabang, Kicks Off CG18

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Laem Chabang, Thailand, Feb. 14, following a scheduled port visit and an opening ceremony for Exercise Cobra Gold 2018 (CG18).   While in port, Bonhomme Richard leaders attended the CG18 opening ceremony, Feb. 13, which marked the beginning of one of the Indo-Pacific region’s largest multinational exercises. Designed to integrate the U.S. military with the Armed Forces of the Kingdom of Thailand and other partner nations, Cobra Gold demonstrates the commitment of the Kingdom of Thailand and the U.S. as long-standing allies.   “Our…

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Bonhomme Richard Departs Okinawa for Exercise Cobra Gold 2018

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Feb. 2, following the embarkation of Marines assigned to the 3d Marine Division (MARDIV) and is bound for Thailand for Exercise Cobra Gold 2018 During the visit, Bonhomme Richard embarked 3d MARDIV personnel, equipment and supplies in preparation for multinational combined joint training exercise Cobra Gold 2018. “The Sailors and Marines did an outstanding job onloading equipment and supplies, and now with the 3d Marine Division part of the Bonhomme Richard blue-green team, we are ready to continue with…

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Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Okinawa, Embarks 3d MARDIV Marines

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived at White Beach, Okinawa to embark Marines assigned to 3d Marine Division (3d MARDIV), Jan. 31, in preparation for Exercise Cobra Gold 2018. While in port, Bonhomme Richard will embark 3d MARDIV personnel, vehicles and equipment before continuing a scheduled patrol in which the team will participate in the multilateral exercise. Bonhomme Richard, along with embarked MH-60S Sea Hawks, assigned to the “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, departed from Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 23. “I am looking forward to embarking our…

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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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USS Wasp arrives in Japan to join forward deployed naval forces

USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrived in Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 14, completing a 28,400-mile journey from Norfolk, Va. that began in late August. Wasp, which has undergone significant upgrades to be able to land and launch the U.S. Marine Corp’s F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, will replace USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship in 7th Fleet. The force structure change has been long-planned as part of a Department of Defense effort to position the most advanced and capable assets forward in support of partners and allies. Wasp’s…

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USS Wasp Joins 7th Fleet

USS Wasp (LHD 1) entered U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations Jan. 6 after completing nearly two months of disaster relief efforts in the Caribbean Sea. Wasp departed Norfolk Aug. 30 to replace USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in Sasebo, Japan, as the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship in region. While still in the initial phase of its transit, the ship diverted to the Caribbean on Sept. 4 to assist the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominica in the wake of Hurricane Irma and then provided assistance to Puerto Rico following Hurricane…

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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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