Bonhomme Richard arrives in Thailand for port call exercise Cobra Gold
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​LAEM CHEBANG, Thailand (Feb. 11, 2018) The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrives for a scheduled port visit before beginning exercise Cobra Gold 2018. Cobra Gold, a Thai-U.S. co-sponsored exercise in its 37th iteration, is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective responses to regional crises by bringing together a robust multinational force to address shared goals and security commitments in the Indo-Pacific region. Bonhomme Richard is operating in the region on a regularly scheduled patrol and provides a rapid-response capability in the event of a regional contingency or natural disaster. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kyle Carlstrom/Released)

LAEM CHABANG, Thailand - The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived in Laem Chabang, Feb. 11, for a scheduled port visit and participation in exercise Cobra Gold 2018 (CG18).

 

Bonhomme Richard arrives just ahead of the CG 18 opening ceremony scheduled to take place Feb. 13., which will mark the beginning of one of the Indo-Pacific region’s largest multinational exercises.

 

Co-hosted by the Kingdom of Thailand and the United States, CG18 is an annual exercise designed to advance regional security and ensure effective response to regional crisis by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the region.

 

“We look forward to again working with our Thai and regional allies during this year’s exercise, as well as some well-deserved liberty for the crew in Thailand” said Capt. Larry McCullen, commanding officer of Bonhomme Richard. “It’s been a few years since Bonhomme Richard has participated in Cobra Gold, so it’s good to be back in the area, and working with our Indo-Pacific partners and allies, training to ensure we keep our skills sharp and can accomplish or nations’ goals together.

 

CG18 is the 37th iteration of the exercise and will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Among participating nations are the Kingdom of Thailand, the United States of America, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore and Indonesia.

 

Bonhomme Richard’s participation in CG18 will include working alongside Royal Thai Navy ships and conducting a range of amphibious operations that will enhance tactical expertise of participants and practice combined capabilities to respond to contingencies.

 

Prior to Bonhomme Richard’s arrival to Laem Chabang, equipment and vehicles, of the 3rd Marine Division (MARDIV), debarked in preparation for CG18. The AH-1Z Vipers and UH-1Y Hueys, attached to the "Gunfighters" of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 369, CH-53E Super Stallions, assigned to the "Wolfpack" of Heavy Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 466 and amphibious assault vehicles (AAV), assigned to the 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion, which all operate under the 3rd MARDIV, will play a key role in the upcoming exercises.

 

During the port visit at Laem Chabang, Bonhomme Richard Sailors and Marines will host distinguished visitors on the ship, participate in community relations projects and have the opportunity to experience Thai culture and local sights.

 

Bonhomme Richard is on regularly scheduled patrol in the Indo-Pacific supporting security and stability in the region.

 

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