Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group Deploys
150601-N-DQ503-027 SASEBO, Japan (June 1, 2015) Seaman Brian Sowers, from Klien, Texas, heaves mooring lines onto the fantail of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard in preparation for getting underway. The Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (BHRARG), comprised of USS Green Bay (LPD 20), USS Ashland (LSD 48) and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU). BHRARG is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor A. Elberg / Released)
Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group Deploys
SASEBO, Japan – The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (BHRARG) deployed, June 3. USS Ashland (LSD 48) and USS Green Bay (LPD 20) joined the flagship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) already underway in the East China Sea.
The BHRARG will embark the Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) and is scheduled to take part in amphibious integration training (AIT) and certification exercise (CERTEX), as well as, conduct other training aimed at increasing mission readiness.
AIT and CERTEX are training events focused on the ARG’s and 31st MEU’s amphibious assault capabilities, humanitarian assistance capabilities, disaster relief operations and non-combatant evacuation missions.
“It is gratifying to be out at sea again and we are ready to bring back our brothers and sisters in the 31st MEU,” said Capt. Jeffrey Ward, Bonhomme Richard’s commanding officer. “We will work alongside them as they complete their certifications and, as a team, continue to maintain a strong sea presence in 7th Fleet.”
This deployment will mark the first deployment for many junior enlisted Sailors aboard Bonhomme Richard.
“I can’t wait to finally get a chance to see the world,” said Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Jervis Leodones. “This deployment gives me an opportunity to expand my viewpoints culturally and get as qualified as possible in my job. It’s really an exciting time to be a Sailor when your ship finally gets underway.”
Bonhomme Richard ARG is currently under the tactical command of embarked Commander, Amphibious Squadron 11, Capt. Marvin Thompson and reports to Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. Hugh D. Wetherald, headquartered in White Beach, Okinawa, Japan.
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