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Bonhomme Richard Enters Drydock in San Diego

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS051007-10
Release Date: 10/7/2005 12:49:00 PM

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

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Multipurpose Amphibious Assault Ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) (BHR) entered a floating drydock at General Dynamic's National Steel and Shipbuilding Company Oct. 1 for an extended maintenance period.

The Docked Planned Maintenance Availability (DPMA) period marks the first time the ship has been raised from the water since it was christened May 17, 1997, at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.

"One of the good things about a Docking Planned Maintenance Availability is actually taking the ship out of the water," said Lt. j.g. Nigel McDonald, the ship's maintenance officer.

"You get a good look underneath her and the opportunity to more closely inspect the hull, screws, and rudders -- things you can't normally inspect thoroughly when the ship is in the water," added McDonald, a Mobile, Ala., native. To reduce the amount of underwater growth carried by the ship, the hull was robotically cleaned prior to entering the drydock.

The DPMA is scheduled to last through the beginning of next year, according to McDonald.

"Since she was commissioned in Pensacola, Fla., on Aug. 15, 1998, BHR has completed four major deployments. The ship, crew and embarked Marines have performed proudly in Operations Enduring Freedom, Anaconda, and Iraqi Freedom in support of the global war on terrorism and in Operation Unified Assistance, delivering humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to tsunami victims in Indonesia," said BHR Commanding Officer Capt. Steve Greene, a native of Haddonfield, N.J. "BHR has delivered combat power and presence reliably throughout the Pacific Fleet for the past seven years. Now, it's time to refresh her, upgrade her engineering and combat systems, and return her to the service of the nation."


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