USS Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Darwin for Exercise, Visit

28 August 2013

From Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jerome D. Johnson

The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived Aug. 28 and will take part in Exercise Koolendong with the Australian Defence Force.

DARWIN, Australia - The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Darwin, Australia Aug. 28, for a scheduled port visit.

While in port Bonhomme Richard and the 31st MEU will participate in Exercise Koolendong 2013 (EK 13), a bilateral exercise taking place at the Bradshaw Field Training Area (BFTA) in Australia's Northern Territory.

During the visit Bonhomme Richard Sailors and Marines will also participate in various community service projects, sporting events, as well as enjoy the sites and hospitality of this city of one hundred thousand people located in Australia's Northern Territory.

"We are looking forward to continuing training with one of our closest allies in the region during EK 13," said USS Bonhomme Richard Commanding Officer Capt. Daniel Dusek. "This visit not only demonstrates the United States commitment to the region, but also provides a great opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of the people of Darwin."

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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