USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) operates in the Coral Sea, July 12, during exercise during Talisman Saber. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Cameron McCulloch)

BRISBANE, Australia - The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived in Brisbane, Australia, for a scheduled port visit, July 29.

Bonhomme Richard, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), successfully completed the biennial, bilateral exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17). While in Brisbane, the Sailors and Marines will have the opportunity to enjoy the sights and rich culture of the city.

“Our blue-green team operated at the highest levels of proficiency and professionalism alongside our Australian allies during Talisman Saber, and I couldn’t be more proud of everyone who made an impact during that mission,” said Capt. Larry McCullen, Bonhomme Richard’s commanding officer. “It’s great to now be in Brisbane, where those same Sailors and Marines can enjoy some well-deserved liberty and experience all that the city has to offer.”

Bonhomme Richard’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) division has coordinated several tours that will allow the crew to have the opportunity to experience the city, and the Chaplain’s office has organized community relations (COMREL) projects. Religious Programs Specialist Seaman Luis Castro, an assistant coordinator of Bonhomme Richard’s COMREL events, said he takes pleasure in facilitating the COMREL experiences because the Sailors and Marines are always eager to get involved with the local community.

“It’s always interesting to get to see the world from someone else’s perspective,” said Castro. “COMREL events provide us the chance to interact with the local people, and allows us to make new friends and build relationships.

Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance partnerships and be a ready-response force for any type of contingency.