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BHR Works Hand-in-Hand with Australian Partners

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Story Number: NNS050405-04
Release Date: 4/5/2005 6:54:00 AM

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

ABOARD USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At sea (NNS) -- Since USS Bonhomme Richard (BHR) (LHD 6) arrived on station in the Persian Gulf in late January, the multipurpose amphibious assault ship has worked closely with coalition partners, including the Royal Australian Navy.

BHR and the Royal Australian Navy Ship HMAS Darwin (FFGHM 4) have worked together to conduct maritime security operations (MSO). BHR provided logistics and communication support for suspected contacts of interest to the Perry-class frigate Darwin.

The San Diego-based ship, with other coalition ships, supported MSO to protect Iraq's Al Basrah and Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminals.

MSO is aimed at setting the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment. Illicit activity at sea has a global impact. MSO pressurizes the maritime environment and is the single most significant component of the conventional maritime effort against terrorism.

"Working with our coalition partners to stop illegal movements and help keep peace in this area of the world is vital," said Capt. J. Scott Jones, BHR's commanding officer. "This is yet another example of the versatility of this mighty warship and the professionalism of the Sailors and Marines who sail with her."

BHR hosted the commanding officers of the Royal Navy's HMS Marlborough (F 233), Darwin and Australian Commodore Davyd Thomas.

"Working with the Australians and the British has been great," Jones said. "They are important partners in helping maintain peace in this region of the world."

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