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Bonhomme Richard Hosts Reception for Australian Dignitaries

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Story Number: NNS050524-09
Release Date: 5/24/2005 10:30:00 PM

By Chief Journalist (SW/AW) Walter T. Ham IV, USS Bonhomme Richard Public Affairs

BRISBANE, Australia (NNS) -- The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) (BHR) hosted a reception for more than 250 Australians in the ship’s hangar bay May 10.

Bonhomme Richard, the flagship for Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 5, held the reception on the first day of her May 10–15 port visit to Brisbane, Australia. It was BHR’s first port visit since a five-day visit to Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, in mid-March.

“Since we deployed from our homeport of San Diego more than five months ago, we have served alongside your nation’s armed forces in both humanitarian operations in Indonesia and maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf,” said BHR Commanding Officer Capt. J. Scott Jones during his opening remarks. “Australia is a great ally in war and a cherished partner in peace. We are united in the fight for a better, safer and freer world.”

Rear Adm. Christopher Ames, the commander of ESG 5, also thanked the Australians for their service and hospitality.

“This visit culminates a dream we had throughout our deployment, a dream of visiting Australia,” he said.

The San Diego-based BHR is currently transiting in Pacific Ocean on the return leg of a 6-month deployment.

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