On February 27, forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Sasebo, Japan for a regularly-scheduled patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), USS Bonhomme Richard Public Affairs said.
According to the news release, Bonhomme Richard is scheduled to finalize shipboard certifications and conduct joint force operations with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) as they perform amphibious integration training (AIT) in preparation for a certification exercise (CERTEX).
AIT and CERTEX will focus on the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group’s and the MEU’s amphibious assault and humanitarian assistance capabilities, disaster relief operations and non-combatant evacuation missions
“This in-port period allowed Bonhomme Richard’s crew and contractors to perform key maintenance in preparation for our first patrol of 2017,” said Capt. Jeffrey Ward, commanding officer of Bonhomme Richard.
“With the superior performance I’ve seen across the deck plates, I am certain the crew is ready to effectively execute our mission and continue to provide a rapid-response capability within our AOR,” Captain Ward added.
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