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BHR's Sailors and Marines Volunteer Time, Fill Water Containers

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050106-03
Release Date: 1/6/2005 3:02:00 PM

By Journalist 3rd Class Ryan Valverde, USS Bonhomme Richard Public Affairs

ABOARD USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At sea (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) (BHR) volunteered to fill 1,000 five-gallon containers with fresh water, Jan. 5, on the ship's flight deck.

The 5,000 gallons of fresh drinking water will be distributed to tsunami victims in Indonesia. The water was produced by the Revolutionary Gator's desalinization plant. The volunteers used fresh water distribution manifolds recently designed and built by the ship's Repair Division and garden hoses to fill the containers. The manifolds are designed to fill up to ten containers at one time.

"It was a lot of hard work today," said Marine Sgt. Jaime Reyes from Los Angeles, a combat cargo team leader. "The Blue/Green team working side-by-side to fill the containers and get them ready for distribution was pretty awesome."

Information Systems Technician 1st Class (SW) Hugo Wong-Chung from New York City was one of the Sailors who volunteered to fill the water containers.

"I wanted to make sure I helped any way I could. I wish I could do more. This may be [small to some] people...but for the victims this could be life or death," Wong-Chung said.

Bonhomme Richard is currently conducting humanitarian assistance operations off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

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