Bonhomme Richard, 31st MEU Complete AIT
By MC1(SW/AW) N. Ross Taylor, Amphibious Squadron 11 Public Affairs
NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN – Sailors aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), along with Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), completed amphibious integration training (AIT) while on deployment in the 7th Fleet area of operations, March 9.

AIT provides the initial opportunity for ships of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), in conjunction with the Marines of 31st MEU, to conduct operations from sea to shore to ensure their capabilities for multilateral exercises, contingency operations, or humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.

“The planning and evolutions conducted during AIT are a great opportunity for our Marines to learn, qualify and accomplish the MEU’s mission while gaining a better understanding of what the Navy-Marine Corps Team is all about,” said 31st MEU Sgt. Maj. Gonzalo A. Vasquez, a native of Belize. “Although we conduct AIT multiple times throughout the year, it is an essential part of staying trained, focused and mission ready at all times.”

The training included planning for theater security cooperation, amphibious operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercises, and execution of a simulated helicopter raid.

While similar to some other pre-deployment exercises and training, AIT is designed to strengthen the blue-green team's ability to operate together, and respond to various situations while deployed.

According to Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) ELEVEN’s Operations Officer, Lt. Emily Royse, a well executed AIT prepares the ARG/MEU for a successful certification event.

"AIT is all about the ARG/MEU’s ability to operate effectively together," said Royse. “This is the first opportunity for the ARG/MEU to come together to conduct hands-on training and integrated operations, prior to the certification exercise (CERTEX) and is crucial for the continued success of the Navy-Marine Corps team."

PHIBRON 11, 31st MEU, Naval Beach Unit 7 and Bonhomme Richard ARG all team up to create one of the most flexible forces in the Asia-Pacific region, which is capable of accomplishing numerous missions anywhere in the world.
Bonhomme Richard ARG is currently operating in the 7th Fleet area of operations and reports to Commander, Amphibious Forces 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, headquartered in White Beach, Okinawa, Japan.
US Navy Recruiting | US Navy | US Marine Corps | Navy Reserves | Individual Augmentee
No Fear Act | FOIA | | Veterans Crisis Line | Vote | DoD SafeHelpline
This is an official United States Navy Website. This US Government system is subject to monitoring. Please read our Privacy Policy and Section 508/Accessibility Statement.

The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the United States Department of Defense, or the United States Department of the Navy of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sites, the United States Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy  does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this DoD web site.