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Bonhomme Richard Visits Brisbane, Australia

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Story Number: NNS050524-08
Release Date: 5/24/2005 11:47:00 AM

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

ABOARD USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea (NNS) -- The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) visited Brisbane, Australia, May 10-15 for BHR’s first port visit on the return leg of its 2004-2005 Western Pacific Deployment.

“We are very thankful to the people of Australia for their hospitality shown to BHR Sailors and Marines,” said Capt. J. Scott Jones, commanding officer of the San Diego-based ship. "This is a beautiful country and a great port visit."

During the ship's five-day liberty port, BHR's Sailors and Marines descended on "the land down under" for food, fun and "Aussie" style entertainment.

Many BHR Sailors and Marines took advantage of the ship's and Australia’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) discounted ticket program for tours and attractions all over the Australian state of Queensland.

Seaman Steve Gade said he enjoyed an MWR-sponsored tour through Australia's lush rain forest.

"I had a great time. It was a nice tour," said Gade, an Everett, Wash., native.

Gade described the tour as a great way to see some of Australia's beautiful landscape. Although it was Gade's first time in Australia, he is already making plans for his next visit.

"I wish I had more time to see all the sights. Next time I am definitely going to check out the Gold Coast, also known as Surfer’s Paradise," Gade said.

BHR is currently on the return leg of its regularly scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.

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