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BRISBANE, Australia (July 29, 2017) Seaman Eric Rosser (right), from Waldorf, Md., briefs Sailors in preparation for a mooring evolution as part of sea and anchor detail aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as the ship arrives in Brisbane. Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), is in Brisbane for a scheduled port visit. During the visit, Bonhomme Richard will host ship tours and experience the culture of the city. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Cosmo Walrath/Released)
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Bonhomme Richard arrives in Brisbane, Australia

The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived in Brisbane, Australia, for a scheduled port visit, July 29.

Bonhomme Richard, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), successfully completed the biennial, bilateral exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17). While in Brisbane, the Sailors and Marines will have the opportunity to enjoy the sights and rich culture of the city.

“Our blue-green team operated at the highest levels of proficiency and professionalism alongside our Australian allies during Talisman Saber, and I couldn’t be more proud of everyone who made an impact during that mission,” said Capt. Larry McCullen, Bonhomme Richard’s commanding officer. “It’s great to now be in Brisbane, where those same Sailors and Marines can enjoy some well-deserved liberty and experience all that the city has to offer.”

Bonhomme Richard’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) division has coordinated several tours that will allow the crew to have the opportunity to experience the city, and the Chaplain’s office has organized community relations (COMREL) projects. Religious Programs Specialist Seaman Luis Castro, an assistant coordinator of Bonhomme Richard’s COMREL events, said he takes pleasure in facilitating the COMREL experiences because the Sailors and Marines are always eager to get involved with the local community.

“It’s always interesting to get to see the world from someone else’s perspective,” said Castro. “COMREL events provide us the chance to interact with the local people, and allows us to make new friends and build relationships.

Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance partnerships and be a ready-response force for any type of contingency.

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