In this file photo, USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) operates in the Indian Ocean during exercise Talisman Sabre earlier this month. (U.S. Navy/MC3 David A. Cox)

BALI, Indonesia - Forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) anchored off the coast of Bali July 31 for a port visit and cultural exchange.

Upon arrival, Bonhomme Richard hosted a reception for foreign dignitaries and visitors. The reception allowed guests to see the ship’s capabilities and learn more about the ship’s mission across amphibious and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

The reception gave U.S. service members the opportunity to learn about Indonesian culture, in order to broaden shared perspectives.

While in port, Sailors and Marines will have the opportunity to visit and experience local sights and culture for some rest and relaxation.

“I’m really looking forward to hanging out with my friends and experiencing some authentic Indonesian food,” said Lance Cpl. Ryan Parkinson, from Santa Maria, California and a Marine attached to Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 31. “I plan to do a lot of relaxing on the beach.”

This port visit comes upon the completion of the biennial exercise Talisman Sabre on July 18.

Bonhomme Richard, along with USS Green Bay (LPD 20), USS Ashland (LSD 48), USS Preble (DDG 88), the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and counterparts from the Australian Defense Force (ADF) conducted various exercises which included naval maneuvers, an amphibious beach assault and live-fire training.

Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHRESG) and is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of operations.