Bonhomme Richard arrives in Darwin, Australia
150605-N-NP779-043 EAST CHINA SEA (June 5, 2015) The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and USS Ashland (LSD 48) maneuver to conduct a replenishment at Sea (RAS). Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (BHRARG), comprised of USS Green Bay (LPD 20), USS Ashland (LSD 48) and embarked 31st marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ty C. Connors/ Released)
Bonhomme Richard arrives in Darwin, Australia
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor A. Elberg, Amphibious Squadron Eleven Public Affairs
DARWIN, Australia – The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived in Darwin, Australia, July 25, for the embarkation of more than 600 Marines, attached to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, after recently completing Talisman Sabre 2015.

During the on load, Bonhomme Richard’s combat cargo department will load over 90 vehicles and trailers via helicopter, Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), and pier-side cranes.

“I am confident that the Marines assigned to combat cargo and the ship’s Sailors involved will knock this backload out of the park,” said Chief Warrant Officer Jose N. Alvarez Jr., combat cargo officer. “They genuinely care about doing the right thing.”

After the loading is complete, Sailors and Marines will be able to enjoy rest and relaxation in Darwin, as well as participate in Moral Welfare and Recreation (MWR) tours in the area during their off-duty time.

Talisman Sabre 2015 was a two-week biennial training exercise between the U.S. Pacific Command and the Australian Defense Force (ADF) which consisted of an amphibious landing ashore on July 11.

Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group and is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
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