HONG KONG (September 21, 2013) - The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Hong Kong after a three-day port visit.
During the visit, Sailors and Marines participated in volunteer service projects and multiple tours offered by Bonhomme Richards’ Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department.
"The visit to Hong Kong was a great opportunity for us to explore and continue to build positive relations,” said Capt. Daniel Dusek, Bonhomme Richard commanding officer. “The Sailors and Marines of Bonhomme Richard thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality shown to us by the people of Hong Kong.”
On the first night in port Bonhomme Richard hosted a reception attended by more than 300 distinguished visitors and civilian guests.
“The reception was one of the best we ever had on board the ship,” said Chief Culinary Specialist John Capili, S-2 leading chief petty officer. “We had the chance to interact with guests from different nations. We received a lot of positive feedback from the event. It was an outstanding reception overall.”
The crew had the chance to explore Hong Kong through MWR tours designed to highlight recreational opportunities in the area, including local cultural attractions, an amusement park, and harbor cruises.
The port visit was also the first time Bonhomme Richard moored pier side in Hong Kong, since it began operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility as the flagship of the only forward-deployed Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).
“This was my second visit to Hong Kong,” said Yeoman 2nd Class Tom Reyes, ship’s secretary. “It was nice to be able to moor pier side. The pier was located in a great area and it was much easier than taking a boat to go ashore.”
The Bonhomme Richard ARG is commanded by Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 and reports to the Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. Hugh D. Wetherald, headquartered in White Beach, Okinawa, Japan.