WHITE BEACH, Okinawa – Rear Adm. Marc H. Dalton, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7, visited ships of the Bohomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHRESG) over a two-day period while the ships conducted onload of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Aug. 18-19.
Dalton, who assumed command Aug. 3 aboard Bonhomme Richard in Sasebo, Japan, had the opportunity to observe landing air craft cushion (LCAC) operations and visit amphibious ships USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), USS Green Bay (LPD 20), and USS Germantown (LSD 42).
"I'm impressed with the condition of the ships and the professionalism of our Sailors. The teamwork demonstrated with each other and with our 31st MEU Marines in a successful embark was especially impressive," said Dalton. "The integration of Marine forces to form the Blue-Green team is what makes us such a dynamic and capable amphibious force."
Bonhomme Richard and other ships of the ESG departed Sasebo, Japan in early August as part of scheduled patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
The ESG ships will collectively embark 2,200 MEU personnel, aircraft, amphibious landing craft, artillery, and other components that make up the Marine Air-Ground Task Force.
The BHRESG consists of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), USS Green Bay (LPD 20), and USS Germantown (LSD 42).
While on patrol, the BHRESG will sail throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific theater, taking part in various exercises and exchanges with regional partners and allies across a wide range of mission sets.
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