The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departs Fleet Activities Sasebo on April 18, 2018. Bonhomme Richard has been the flagship of the Amphibious Force 7th Fleet since April 2012 and will now transit to its new homeport in San Diego for follow-on operations and eventual upgrades to become F-35B Lightning II capable. US Navy photo.
After six years serving as the forward-deployed flagship of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) is heading back to the U.S. and its new homeport of San Diego.
The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, addresses Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHR ESG) during an all-hands call on the flight deck of Bonhomme Richard. Neller visited Bonhomme Richard after an MV-22B Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), experienced a mishap on Aug. 5. US Navy photo.
The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit launched a full investigation into Saturday’s fatal MV-22 crash off the coast of Australia and conducted a 48-hour operational pause to review safety and procedures, the Marine Corps announced. Read More
Aircraft and small boats conduct search and rescue operations following a mishap involving an MV-22 Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced) launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). The search for three of the 26 personnel aboard the MV-22 Osprey was suspended Aug. 6. US Navy Photo
The Royal Australian Navy detected the location of the American MV-22 Osprey that crashed in the water on Aug. 5 and will begin recovery operations with a dive team. Read More
An MV-22B Osprey assigned to the ìDragonsî of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced) take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) during Talisman Saber 17 on July 20, 2017. US Navy Photo
The search for three Marines missing after an MV-22 crash off of Australia has been suspended, according to a late Saturday statement from III Marine Expeditionary Force. Read More
An MV-22B Osprey assigned to the “Dragons” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced) lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on Aug. 3, 2017. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated with a new statement from III MEF.
A search is on for three U.S. Marines who are missing following an MV-22 mishap off the coast of Australia at about 2 a.m. EST, according to an early Saturday statement from III Marine Expeditionary Force. Read More
USS Bonhomme Richard forms up with navy ships from Australia and New Zealand on completion of Exercise Talisman Saber 17. Australian Defence Force photo.
U.S. amphibious forces in the Pacific practiced combining their ships and embarked Marines with multi-warfare surface combatants, rehearsing for so-called Upgunned Expeditionary Strike Group operations during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017. Read More
A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) transits to amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on Aug. 18, 2016. US Navy Photo
The three-ship Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit departed on Sunday for a fall deployment, the service announced on Monday. Read More
An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter approaches the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) during flight operations on April 25, 2015, in the Philippines Sea. US Navy photo.
The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group deployed out of its homeport in Sasebo, Japan, earlier this week after just two months rest at home. Read More