Marines, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), look on as the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) pulls into the harbor of Hong Kong as part of a scheduled port visit, Sept. 23, 2016) Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, with embarked 31st MEU, is in Hong Kong to experience the city’s rich culture and history as part of their multi-month patrol in the region.
(Photo by MC2 Sarah Villegas)
PHILIPPINE SEA -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) lead a formation of Carrier Strike Group Five and Expeditionary Strike Group Seven ships including, USS Momsen (DDG 92), USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Benfold (DDG 65), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS Germantown (LSD 42), USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Green Bay (LPD 20), USS McCampbell (DDG 85), as wells as USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) during a photo exercise to signify the completion of Valiant Shield 2016. Valiant Shield is a biennial, U.S. only, field-training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. This is the sixth exercise in the Valiant Shield series that began in 2006. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christian Senyk)
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilber (DDG 54) steams alongside amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during a fueling at sea (FAS), Sept. 15, 2016. Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the Philippine Sea in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (Photo by MC2 Diana Quinlan)
HONG KONG (NNS) -- Amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20, both with embarked Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in Hong Kong for a port visit, Sept. 29.
The visit affords Sailors and Marines of both ships the opportunity to enjoy the culture and history of Hong Kong, and to build positive relationships with members of the Hong Kong community.
Bonhomme Richard and Green Bay, both of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, are making the visit following participation in the U.S. military joint training exercise Valiant Shield.
"The Sailors and Marines of the Bonhomme Richard, Green Bay, and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit look forward to exploring the many facets of this diverse and vibrant city and interacting with the people of Hong Kong," said Rear Adm. Marc H. Dalton, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7. "We are grateful for the hospitality of the people of Hong Kong in welcoming us here."
Sailors and Marines are scheduled visit several local schools for a cultural exchange. Sailors also are scheduled to play basketball with students from an international school.
The ships' Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) committees are offering tours to experience the island of Hong Kong, local aquariums, and the culture and heritage of the city as well.
The ships of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) departed their forward-deployed base of Sasebo, Japan, Aug. 10 as part of a regularly scheduled patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
While on patrol, the Bonhomme Richard ESG is supporting various exercises and exchanges with regional partners across a wide range of mission sets.
ESG 7 units include flagship Bonhomme Richard, Green Bay, amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25, and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 31st MEU consists of Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/4, Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 31, and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 Reinforced.