Bonhomme Richard ARG Completes Deployment in US 7th Fleet
Bonhomme Richard ARG Completes Deployment
in US 7th Fleet
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam D.
Wainwright, USS Bonhomme Richard Public Affairs.
Sasebo, Japan – (NNS)
– April 10, 2015 – The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) completed its deployment in
the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, April 10.
All-hands call on the flight deck of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)
During the three-month underway, the Bonhomme Richard ARG, which comprises
forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6),
amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) and amphibious transport dock
USS Green Bay (LPD 20), along with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU),
conducted theater security cooperation exercises in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia,
completed a certification exercise (CERTEX), participated in amphibious
integration training (AIT) and worked alongside the Republic of Korea (ROK) navy
and marine corps during the Korean Marine Exchange Program (KMEP).
"I can't say enough about how well this great crew responded to get BHR ready
for sea and to execute our mission for the U.S. 7th Fleet," said Capt. Joey
Tynch, Bonhomme Richard's commanding officer. "The hard work, dedication and
commitment to duty of these outstanding young Sailors made this a successful
deployment. We arrived on station ready to go and supported several key
qualifications and exercises allowing BHR, and our brothers and sisters in the
31st MEU, to remain operationally ready to maintain maritime security and
support our foreign allies in times of crisis."
A landing craft utility prepares to enter the well deck of the
amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48)
This deployment also marked the first time Green Bay deployed with the ARG as
part of the Navy's forward-deployed naval force.
"This was Green Bay's debut as a member of the Bonhomme Richard ARG and our
first chance to work with the 31st MEU," said Capt. Kris McCallam, Green Bay's
commanding officer. "We had a steep learning curve but quickly stepped up to the
challenge, supported the Marines and met our mission requirements 100 percent
throughout the patrol."
Throughout the deployment, Bonhomme Richard, Green Bay and Ashland worked
hand-in-hand to successfully complete many of their certifications.
MV-22 Osprey during flight operations aboard the USS Green Bay (LPD 20)
"Integrating Green Bay, and the unique operational capabilities they bring to
the ARG, was an important step in the continuous improvement of our strong,
amphibious presence in the U.S. 7th Fleet," said Capt. Heidi Agle, commodore,
Amphibious Squadron 11. "This deployment clearly demonstrated we are ready to
respond when called, in peacetime or wartime, with precision and a tremendous
ability to coordinate and work together with our allies."
Ashland in particular faced unique challenges this deployment.
"One of the biggest accomplishments was getting the ship operational after
being in the yards for eight months or so back in Sasebo," said Cmdr. Douglas
Patterson, Ashland's commanding officer. "Whether it was getting the ship
proficient in amphibious operations again or getting our new crew members
accustomed to forward-deployed naval forces and how we operate the ship, it was
a challenge that we stepped up and met in order to execute our mission."
Bonhomme Richard and Ashland are entering an in-port period in order to
prepare for upcoming deployments. Green Bay will continue to maintain an
amphibious presence at sea.
The Bonhomme Richard ARG is under the tactical command of embarked Commodore
Capt. Heidi Agle and reports to Rear Adm. Hugh Wetherald, commander, Amphibious
Force 7th Fleet, based out of Okinawa, Japan.
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