Captain Jonathan L. Harnden, Jr.
Commanding Officer (Jul 2010 - Feb 2012)

Captain Harnden is a Surface Warfare Officer. He is from Virginia Beach, Virginia and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1986 with a B.S. in Naval Architecture.

Captain Harnden attended Surface Warfare Division Officer School in Newport, RI, and served his initial sea tour in the billets of Electrical Division Officer, Auxiliaries Officer and Navigator in USS EL PASO (LKA 117), homeported in Norfolk, VA, from 1986-1990. Following Department Head school in Newport, RI in 1993, he served as Engineer Officer in USS MERRIMACK (AO 179) and USS PENSACOLA (LSD 38) homeported in Norfolk and Little Creek, VA. He served his Executive Officer tour in USS RUSHMORE (LSD 47), homeported in San Diego, CA, from 2000-2001.

Captain Harnden commanded USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD 52), homeported in San Diego, CA, from 2004-2006. During his tour the ship earned the Battle ‘E’ and CNO Safety Award and deployed to the Fifth Fleet area of operations as part of Expeditionary Strike Group One. The ship’s duties included participation in disaster relief efforts in support of the U.S. response to an earthquake in Pakistan.

Captain Harnden’s shore duty assignments include the U.S. Naval Academy as a Leadership Instructor from 1990-1992, a joint duty assignment as a Project Manager with the Cooperative Threat Reduction program in the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) from 1996-1999, assignment as Chief Staff Officer at Regional Support Organization (RSO) San Diego from 2002-2004, and most recently as Current Ships Branch Head for the Director of Surface Warfare at OPNAV N86 from 2006-2008.

Captain Harnden completed Joint Professional Military Education Phases I and II and is designated as a Joint Qualified Officer. He earned a Masters of Engineering Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Loyola College in Maryland in 1993.

Captain Harnden was selected for Major Command Afloat and reported to USS BONHOMME RICHARD in October 2008 as Executive Officer. He assumed command of BONHOMME RICHARD in July 2010.


USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and other ships assigned to the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010
An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 carries supplies
Bonhomme Richard Prepares for Dry-Dock Maintenance Availability
LHD 6 Prepares for a nine-month dry-dock
Standing Watch on USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) During Dry-dock
Working in the Fog
USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) undergoes scheduled maintenance
NASSCO shipyard workers use a barge crane to move the propellers and rudder of USS Bohomme Richard
Sailors practice for the San Diego Padres opening day flag ceremony.
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)
A Sailor aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) sets a reflash watch during a main space fire drill
Sailors aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) take part in a foreign object damage walk down.
Sailors assigned to USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) man the rails as the ship arrives in Seattle for the 62nd Seattle Seafair
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) participates in the Parade of Ships during the 62nd annual Seattle Seafair Fleet Week
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) passes under the Golden Gate Bridge, signaling the beginning of San Francisco Fleet Week 2011
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) welcomes aboard students from Gerald R. Ford Elementary School (California)
USS Bonhomme Richard Promotes Health and Fitness
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD6)
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)

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