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Bonhomme Richard Arrives On Station in Persian Gulf

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Story Number: NNS050126-15
Release Date: 1/26/2005 5:15:00 PM

By Chief Journalist Walter T. Ham IV, USS Bonhomme Richard Public Affairs

ABOARD USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea (NNS) -- After delivering more than 1 million pounds of humanitarian relief supplies ashore during Operation Unified Assistance, the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) (BHR) arrived on station Jan. 26 in the Persian Gulf.

BHR and the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit bring a flexible, versatile and powerful combination of capabilities to the region, including the ability to conduct amphibious operations, non-combatant evacuations, humanitarian assistance operations and maritime interdiction operations.

According to BHR Commanding Officer Capt. J. Scott Jones, Bonhomme Richard is a "multipurpose assault platform that has the kind of capabilities our nation needs to deal with the threats in this region and any other."

"The brave young warriors who take this great ship to sea are ready to do our nation's business here on the point," said Jones. "They are committed to defending our great nation and the hope we represent to freedom-loving people around the world."



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