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130816-N-BJ178-069 SYDNEY (Aug. 16, 2013) - Aviation Electrician’s Mate Airman Brandon Ritter mans the rails as the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrives in Sydney, Australia for a scheduled port visit. The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is currently conducting joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Achterling/Released)
USS Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Sydney 
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Matthew M. Bradley, USS Bonhomme Richard Public Affairs 
Sydney – Forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Sydney Aug. 16, for a scheduled port visit.

The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is in Sydney following the completion of the biennial combined-joint exercise Talisman Saber 2013, and the 31st MEU’s certification exercise (CERTEX).

During the visit Bonhomme Richard Sailors and Marines will participate in various community service projects, sporting events, as well as enjoy the sites and hospitality of this city of 4.5 million people and the capital of New South Wales. Bonhomme Richard will also be hosting a reception onboard for local dignitaries, and members of the Royal Australian Navy.

“Australia has long been a favorite port visit for American Sailors and Marines,” said Bonhomme Richard Commanding Officer Capt. Daniel Dusek. “This visit provides the opportunity to showcase this fine ship to one of our closest allies, and to demonstrate the United States commitment to the region.”
The Bonhomme Richard ARG is commanded by Capt. Cathal O'Connor, commodore, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 and reports to the Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, headquartered in White Beach, Okinawa, Japan.
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