ESG 7 Embarks USS Bonhomme Richard

The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), embarked Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7 for patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

The ARG is comprised of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20), the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

Bonhomme Richard ARG Sailors and Marines from the 31st MEU will focus on executing amphibious assault, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief operations and non-combatant evacuation missions.

The 31st MEU and ships in the ARG work hand-in-hand every day to conduct amphibious, air and combat operations that assist in executing the Chief of Naval Operations Three Tenets: Operate Forward, Warfighting First and Be Ready.

The Bonhomme Richard ARG, tactically controlled by Capt. Heidi Agle, commodore, Amphibious Squadron 11, reports to the Commander, Amphibious Force U.S. 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. Hugh D. Wetherald, headquartered in White Beach, Okinawa, Japan.

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