31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Embarks
OKINAWA, Japan (March 6, 2017) Marines, assigned to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), embark the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during a personnel onload. Bonhomme Richard and 31st MEU are scheduled for a routine patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, operating together as a forward-capability for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Diana Quinlan/Released)
Bonhomme Richard, 31st MEU Depart Okinawa, Japan for Patrol

OKINAWA, Japan – Amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, after embarking personnel, equipment and supplies of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), March 8.

Bonhomme Richard and the 31st MEU are underway for a routine patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations.

“It’s good to have the Marines of the 31st MEU back aboard,” said Capt. Jeffrey Ward, commanding officer of Bonhomme Richard. “Now that we have the LCACs (landing craft air cushion) in the well deck, the aircraft on the flight deck and the Marines embarked, it feels like we have the whole team back together. I’m really looking forward to seeing the great things our Sailors and Marines will accomplish during this underway.”

Although the ship will also conduct unit-level certifications, the deployment will focus on amphibious integrated training (AIT) followed by a certification exercise (CERTEX) while conducting exchanges with allies and regional partners across a range of mission sets.

“This patrol is an excellent opportunity to refine our crises response capabilities and further our partnership with Bonhomme Richard and Amphibious Squadron 11,” said Col. Tye Wallace, commanding officer, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. “We are looking forward to the patrol and I know we will return as a stronger Navy-Marine Corps team.


omme Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHR ESG), which also includes amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48).

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