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SASEBO, Japan (April 10, 2017) Capt. Jeffrey Ward, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), oversees port operations as the Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo fire department greets Bonhomme Richard with a "fireman's welcome." Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, is returning from a 6-week patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeanette Mullinax/Released)
Bonhomme Richard Completes Patrol Returns to Sasebo

SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived in Sasebo, Japan, completing its regularly-scheduled patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), April 10.

Bonhomme Richard departed White Beach, Okinawa, after disembarking personnel, vehicles and equipment of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), April 8.

"We completed some valuable training on this patrol," said Capt. Jeffrey Ward, Bonhomme Richard's commanding officer. "The crew did a fantastic job working with the Marines. We increased our level of knowledge and enhanced our readiness to respond, and we did it safely and as a team. We're returning to Sasebo with a sense of accomplishment and pride."

During the patrol, Bonhomme Richard (BHR) and the 31st MEU completed amphibious integrated training (AIT) and a certification exercise (CERTEX).

Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the BHR Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). The Bonhomme Richard ARG consists of USS Bonhomme Richard, USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and USS Ashland (LSD 48).

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