USS BONHOMME RICHARD LHD 6
The Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) is an Amphibious Assault Ship, and the third U.S. Navy ship of that name. It was named in honor of John Paul Jones' famous frigate, which he had named the French language equivalent of "Good man Richard," in honor of Benjamin Franklin, the U.S. Ambassador to France at the time. The name Bonhomme Richard is derived from the pen name of Benjamin Franklin, the author of Poor Richard's Almanac.
The contract to build her was awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding on December 11, 1992, and her keel was laid down on April 18, 1995.
May 17, 1997 PCU Bonhomme Richard was christened during a ceremony at Pascagoula, Miss. Mrs. Joyce Murtha, wife of The Honorable Mr. John P. Murtha, Representative to Congress from the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, served as the ship's sponsor. Capt. Douglas W. Keith is the prospective commanding officer.
The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Bonhomme Richard conducted builder's sea trials from Jan. 27-30, 1998, and acceptance trials from March 16-18.
In March, Bonhomme Richard's tanks 7 and 8 ruptured when Ingalls floating drydock broke loose in 42-knot winds. Damage was $200,000
August 15, USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) was commissioned without a ceremony at NAS Pensacola, Fla.
August 31, The amphibious assault ship arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a three-day visit. Visit to Valparaiso, Chile, from Sept. 12-16.
September 28, USS Bonhomme Richard arrived in its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego in San Diego, Calif., after a six-week transit around South America.
October 18, The BHR returned to homeport after a five-day underway off the coast of southern California, conducting AV-8 Harrier operations.
The Bonhomme Richard conducted Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT) Nov. 9-13 and from Nov. 16-20, along with TSTA I. Underway again from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I and TSTA II from Dec. 15-18.
February 8, 1999 The first operational Wasp-class Wireless Local Area Network (LAN) was installed aboard the BHR. In February the ship completed TSTA III and Final Evaluation Period (FEP).
In March, the Bonhomme Richard participated in first phase of the largest amphibious exercise held on the West Coast, Kernel Blitz '99. The ship embarked the squadron of four MH-53 aircraft for the first ever LHD AMCM operation. In Fall the LHD 6 participated in two last training before deployment, COMPTUEX 99-2YK and FLEETEX 00-1.
December 9, An CH-46D "Sea Knight" assigned to HMM-166, that lifted off from the Bonhomme Richard as the lead of five helicopters, crashed while attempting to land on the USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) during a training exercise. The chopper's landing gear apparently snagged a metal safety net and the helicopter flipped over into the water and quickly sank. Eleven Marines were rescued by special warfare crewmen on two nearby boats. But six Marines and a Sailor drowned, their bodies recovered later from the sunken wreckage by an unmanned submersible vehicle.
January 24, 2000 USS Bonhomme Richard departed Naval Base San Diego for its maiden deployment, with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
January 31, LHD 6 pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a four-day port call.
February 21, The BHR anchored off the coast of Dili to support peacekeeping and humanitarian operations of the international forces in East Timor in Operation Stabilise.
February 26, USS Bonhomme Richard arrived in Darwin, Australia, for a two-day port visit. The ship departed Singapore on March 9 after a four-day visit.
March 12, The Bonhomme Richard anchored off the coast of Phuket for a three-day visit to Thailand. Entered the 5th Fleet on March 22.
April 1, LHD 6 anchored off the coast of Kuwait for a three-week bi-lateral exercise Eager Mace.
April 24, Capt. R. J. Connelly relieved Capt. Douglas W. Keith as CO of the Bonhomme Richard.
April 26, The amphibious assault ship anchored off the coast of Bahrain for a brief visit to Manama. Participated in exercise Eastern Maverick, off the coast of Qatar, from April 30- May 19.
May 21, USS Bomhomme Richard pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a three-day visit to Dubai. exercise Sea Soldier, off the coast of Oman, from May 28- June 4.
June 25, The BHR anchored in Hong Kong Harbor for a four-day port call. LHD 6 departed Phuket, Thailand, on June 18 after a four-day visit.
July 14, The amphibious assault ship arrived again in Pearl Harbor for a two-day visit to embark family members for a Tiger Cruise.
July 24, USS Bonhomme Richard returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).
November 15, The Bonhomme Richard departed homeport for sea trials after a two-month maintenance availability. Underway again on December 4 for CART II.
March 2, 2001 USS Bonhomme Richard anchored off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, for a three-day visit to Mexico. The ship participated in annual exercise Kernel Blitz, off the coast of southern California, March 26- April 6.
April 27, LHD 6 arrived in San Francisco, Calif., for a three-day port call after participating in TSTA I. Underway on June 18-28 for Phase II of Kernel Blitz.
September 20, Capt. Stanley V. De Geus relieved Capt. R. J. Connelly as commanding officer of the Bonhomme Richard.
In October the 13th MEU embarked its combat power aboard the amphibious ships of the USS Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group to solidify the Navy-Marine Corps team and its title as the nation's force in readiness. The MEU and Amphibious Squadron Three's (PHIBRON 3) first at-sea period, Compatibility Training Underway Exercise, was conducted Oct. 2-17, off the southern California coast. COMPTUEX was the first time Marines and Sailors of the USS Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group planned and executed ship-to-shore missions. The MEU/ARG team exercised its ability to conduct special missions from ships off the coast of southern California to land-based objectives on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., and San Clemente Island. San Francisco Fleet Week was cancelled after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., so the 13th MEU stacked its schedule with three more special missions, totaling 15 in a 16-day at-sea period.
December 1, USS Bonhomme Richard departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
December 29, LHD 6 pulled into Changi Naval Base for a nine-day visit to Singapore.
January 18, 2002 Aircraft from Bonhomme Richard launched its first combat sortie in support of OEF in Afghanistan.
On February 12, the BHR conducted Operation Hand Clasp off the coast of Lamu, Kenya.
March 7, The amphibious assault ship is currently conducting missions in support of Operation Anaconda off the Pakistan coast in North Arabian Sea.
April 5, USS Bonhomme Richard pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a three-day port call.
May 7, The Bonhomme Richard arrived in Phuket, Thailand, for a four-day port visit. Visited Townsville, Australia, from May 23-27. Pearl Habror visit from June 7-9.
June 18, USS Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) returned to San Diego after six-and-a-half month combat deployment.
July 29, LHD 6 departed homeport for ten days to conduct ammunition offload and routine training, off the coast of Camp Pendelton.
August 10, The BHR is currently conducting deck-landing qualification off the coast of southern California.
November 25, USS Bonhomme Richard departed for sea trials after a two-month Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA).
December 6, The amphibious assault ship departed San Diego for accelerated Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I/II/III and CART II.
January 17, 2003 USS Bonhomme Richard deployed with Amphibious Task Force - West (ATF-W), in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Global War on Terrorism.
July 26, USS Bonhomme Richard returned to Naval Station San Diego after supporting U.S. and coalition forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The amphibious assault ship played two significant roles in Operation Iraqi Freedom. First, it offloaded more than 1,000 Marines and gear from the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines into Kuwait. Then, it took up position just miles off the coast of Kuwait and became one of two Harrier Carriers in the Arabian Gulf launching AV-8B Harrier strike aircraft into Iraq. Pilots from Marine Attack Squadrons 211 and 311, embarked aboard BHR, expended more than 175,000 pounds of ordnance, providing close air support to the Marines on the ground and during predetermined strikes in Iraq. During OIF LHD 6 launched more than 800 sorties, including 547 combat launches.
October 23, 2004 Expeditionary Strike Group Five completed a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of southern California in October. During the 16-day exercise, diverse elements of the strike group came together to rehearse every imaginable situation they could encounter during real-world operations in support of the global war on terrorism. ESG-5 is the first Expeditionary Strike Group to operate with a Coast Guard cutter, USCGC (WHEC 724) Munro, bringing together all elements of our nation’s sea services - Navy, Marine and Coast Guard - into a single fighting unit.
November 5, USS Bonhomme Richard ESG 5, led by Rear Adm. Christopher C. Ames, is participating in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) off the coast of southern California, which runs through Nov. 15. Upon successful completion of the exercise, U.S. 3rd Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Michael McCabe will certify ESG 5 "ready for deployment." The strike group is scheduled to deploy in the coming months. Participating in JTFEX are USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), USS Duluth (LPD 6), USS Milius (DDG 69), USCGC Munro (WHEC 724), USS Pasadena (SSN 752), USS Helena (SSN 725) and USS Thach (FFG 43). The strike group is training with the Canadian destroyer HMCS Algonquin (DDG 283), two Canadian frigates, HMCS Winnipeg (FFG 338) and HMCS Regina (FFH 334), and the Canadian replenishment ship HMCS Protecteur (AOR 509). The Canadian ships are supported by two detachments of CH-124 Sea King helicopters, Canadian CF-18s and a Canadian CP-140, a multimission reconnaissance and anti-submarine aircraft.
December 6, USS Bonhomme Richard departed San Diego on a routine western Pacific deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism and other missions as assigned by naval leadership.
December 13, LHD 6 pulled into Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a four-day port visit.
January 4, 2005 The Bonhomme Richard cut short its port visit to Guam on Dec. 28 and set sail for South Asia to provide humanitarian assistance to the disaster stricken region. The amphibious assault ship will join several other Navy ships in the area or en route after an earthquake followed by a massive tsunami paralyzed the region Dec. 26. In preparation for the upcoming mission, Bonhomme Richard’s crew loaded more than 300 palettes of supplies during the ship’s eight-hour port stop in Guam. The ship also conducted flight operations in port to deliver supplies to USS Duluth, anchored in the harbor. Helicopters attached to BHR airlifted more than 200,000 pounds of disaster relief supplies on Jan. 4 from two warehouses on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
January 23, USS Bonhomme Richard concluded operations in the area, turned over with USS Essex (LHD 2) and steamed toward the U.S. Central Command area of operations Jan. 18. During their nine days of humanitarian assistance operations in support of Operation Unified Assistance, LHD 6 and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered more than a million pounds of humanitarian aid to tsunami survivors on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The ship arrived on station Jan. 26 in the Arabian Gulf.
February 2, Lt. Cmdr. Edward E. Jack died on Jan. 29, of a non-combat related incident aboard the BHR. He was assigned to Commander, Destroyer Squadron 7, homeported in San Diego.
February 23, USS Bonhomme Richard conducted amphibious landings in the Arabian Gulf region Feb. 14-16. Helicopters, Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) and Landing Craft Utilities (LCU) took part in the three-day off-load of Marines and their equipment for training exercises in Kuwait.
March 12, LHD 6 departed Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, after a five-day port visit to Dubai.
April 25, The amphibious asault ship departed Persian Gulf April 19 after bringing the 15th MEU back aboard from combat operations in Iraq. The BHR was on station in the Gulf for almost three months, serving as a sea base for the 15th MEU and command ship for Commander, Task Force (CTF) 58, protecting vital Iraqi oil terminals and conducting maritime security operations (MSO).
May 2, The "Gunbearers" of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 11, Det. 4, embarked aboard USS Bonhomme Richard, were re-designated as the "Blackjacks" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, Det. 4 April 1. Since the "Blackjacks" deployed with the "Revolutionary Gator," they have been flying the MH-60S and soon will be phasing in the MH-60R. The new birds have newly designed systems that will enhance search and rescue and counter-mine identification missions. With the added components, the helicopters will be more versatile for a number of different missions.
May 10, The BHR arrived in Brisbane, Australia, for a five-day port visit. Inport Naval Station Pearl Harbor from May 26-30.
June 6, USS Bonhomme Richard returned to Naval Base San Diego after a 182-day deployment.
July 20, The Bonhomme Richard is currently underway off the coast of southern California for ammo offload with the USS Peleliu (LHA 5).
August 3, LHD 6 arrived in Seattle, Wash., in a parade of ships to participate in the 55th Annual Seattle Seafair Festival. More than 1000 guests were invited aboard USS Bonhomme Richard, USS Ogden, USS Crommelin and USCGC Active (WMEH 618) to experience the Navy and Coast Guard firsthand as the ships pulled into Seattle.
October 1, USS Bonhomme Richard entered the floating dry-dock at General Dynamic's National Steel and Shipbuilding Company for an extended maintenance period, scheduled to last through the beginning of next year.
January 5, 2006 THe BHR completed its three-month dry dock period. Work will continue for several more weeks while the ship is pierside at the 32nd Street Naval Station. At the completion of the maintenance period, the ship will conduct sea trials and begin training for its next deployment.
March 13, During the Bonhomme Richard’s $30 million Drydocking Planned Maintenance Availability (DPMA) that ended on Feb. 22, the warship upgraded its Collective Protection System (CPS) and added four more chemical, biological and radioactive protected zones. CPS zones provide protection against a chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) attack by way of filtration and pressure, controlling access to a certain spaces and creating safe havens. The newly protected areas include high priority spaces, such as medical, command and control spaces and living spaces. In the case of a CBR attack, personnel inside the "safe havens" can carry on their normal duties without wearing individual protective equipment, while areas outside the safe havens may be exposed to contamination.
March 23, AV-8B Harriers, assigned to VMA-311 "Tomcats", returned to the BHR for the first time in nearly nine months during local operations off the coast of southern California. USS Bonhomme Richard is currently training and preparing for operations in support of the global war on terrorism.
April 13, The Bonhomme Richard, commanded by Capt. Steve Greene, and helicopters, assigned to the "Blackjacks" of the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two One (HSC-21), conducted an ammunition transfer April 11-13, with the USS Tarawa (LHA 1) in preparation for the upcoming deployment later this year. More than 2 million pounds of ammo were recieved from the Tarawa and Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook, Calif.
May 5, USS Bonhomme Richard was certified for well deck operations on April 26, following two days of ship-to-shore maneuvers in the SOCAL Op. Area.
June 16, The Bonhomme Richard departed San Diego to participate in Trident Warrior and Rim of the Pacific exercises. Led by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, RIMPAC is the 20th in a series of significant international military exercises scheduled biennially. This year, units from Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States are slated to take part, and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces will participate as part of a bilateral force with U.S. units.
June 24, The amphibious assault ship pulled into Pearl Harbor for an extended port visit. Underway for at-sea phase of RIMPAC 2006 on July 5.
August 7, LHD 6 returned to homeport after a nearly two-month underway period. Following a five-day return visit to Naval Station Pearl Harbor, where RIMPAC officially concluded July 28, the Bonhomme Richard offloaded the majority of the Marines and their equipment and embarked 139 "Tigers" for the trip back to San Diego. In addition, the BHR onloaded nearly 70 vehicles, as well as a sailboat as part of the Navy’s Opportune Lift Program.
September 6, USS Bonhomme Richard served as a test platform for the UH-1Y "Super Huey" and AH-1Z "Super Cobra" helicopters while conducting operations in the Pacific Ocean Aug. 31 through Sept. 2. The UH-1Y is scheduled for operation late in fiscal year 2008, while the AH-1Z will become operational in 2011. The UH-1Y will replace the UH-1N, the 34-year-old workhorse of the U.S. military.
September 11, After four days of operational testing on the Nanoose Bay range, LHD 6 arrived in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, for a two-day port call.
September 16, U.S. Navy Sailors and American and British contractors tested a new torpedo countermeasures system aboard USS Bonhomme Richard Sept. 4-15, while underway off the Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental Test Range in Nanoose Bay.
September 20, The amphibious assault ship returned to San Diego after completing a three-week underway period.
December 3, LHD 6 headed back to homeport on Nov. 30 after successfully completing in only three days an underway workload originally scheduled for five. During the last underway of 2006, BHR’s crew conducted a pre-action aim calibration (PAC) and towed drone unit (TDU) firing with its Close-in Weapon System (CIWS); an underway replenishment; air operations; and ammo on-load/off-load operations.
January 22, 2007 USS Bonhomme Richard is currently operating off the coast of southern California, conducting Expeditionary Strike Group Integrated Training (ESGINT) Exercice, in preparation for the upcoming deployment.
January 29, Four Sailors died when their Navy MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, crashed into the Pacific Ocean Jan. 26 while conducting a routine training mission off BHR near San Clemente Island.
February 12, USS Bonhomme Richard brought one of her pre-deployment certifications to a successful close and ended three days of assessment by the Afloat Training Group (ATG) Pacific as she pulled into homeport on Feb. 8 after a one-night underway. Unit Level Training Assessment-Sustainment, or ULTRA-S, is an assessment of the ship's training proficiency level in warfare areas such as engineering, damage control, combat systems, medical and aviation.
February 17, The BHR is currently off the West Coast, participating in Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), in preparation for an upcoming deployment with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
March 14, USS Bonhomme Richard ESG departed homeport to take part in a 10-day Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX).
April 10, LHD 6 departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism and Maritime Security Operations (MSO).
April 28, The amphibious assault ship pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port visit.
May 12, The BHR ESG departed Singapore after a three-day port call.
May 23, USS Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, along with USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) CSG-s, entered the Arabian Gulf to conduct missions in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and perform Expeditionary Strike Force (ESF) training.
May 31, LHD 6 ESG off-loaded the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Patriot, Kuwait, from May 25-28.
June 7, USS Bonhomme Richard and USS Denver (LPD 9) departed Manama, Bahrain, with humanitarian assistance supplies, equipment and additional personnel to provide assistance to mariners in the aftermath of Cyclone Gonu, which plowed through the North Arabian Sea this week. Additionally, coalition ships from Germany, Japan, Pakistan and United Kingdom are standing by.
June 14, Capt. Neil R. Parrott relieved Capt. Steve Greene as commanding officer of the Bonhomme Richard in a ceremony held abord the ship in Manama, Bahrain.
September 28, The 13th MEU completed its return to the BHR ESG, after conducting combat operations in Iraq for nearly four months.
October 7, After nearly four months of operations in the Arabian Gulf, the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group entered the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).
October 21, The amphibious assault ship departed Fremantle, Australia, after a five-day visit to Perth.
November 9, LHD 6 pulled into Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a brief port call.
November 19, USS Bonhomme Richard returned to homeport after more than seven-month underway period in the western Pacific and Arabian Gulf.
January 18, 2008 The Bonhomme Richard returned to San Diego after conducting a post-deployment ammunition offload off the coast of southern California Jan. 14-17.
June 27, LHD 6 arrived in Pearl Harbor to participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2008 exercise, scheduled to take place in the Hawaiian operating area from June 29 through July 31.
September 14, The BHR is currently off the coast of southern California conducting deck landing qualifications (DLQ) with VMA-211 and VMA-214. This is the first time that "Harriers" have returned to the flight deck of USS Bonhomme Richard, since last year deployment.
October 6, The amphibious assault ship is currently conducting deck landing qualifications off the West Coast.
October 12, USS Bonhomme Richard, along with USS Pinckney (DDG 91), arrived in San Francisco for the city's annual Fleet Week celebration.
November 3, LHD 6 departed Naval Base San Diego for deck landing qualifications off the coast of southern California.
January 13, 2009 Capt. John W. Funk relieved Capt. Neil R. Parrott as CO of the BHR during a change of command ceremony in San Diego.
March 9, The Bonhomme Richard took on more than 1,000 pallets of ordnance while underway March 2-5, in preparation for a western Pacific deployment later this year.
June 30, The BHR Amphibious Ready Group is currently conducting initial integration exercise, with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), off the coast of southern California.
July 20, The amphibious assault ship is underway off the West Coast for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
August 10, USS Bonhomme Richard departed homeport for a certification exercise (CERTEX).
September 24, USS Bonhomme Richard departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment after a six-day delay because unspecified issues were found during an inspection of the ship's gas-turbine generators.
October 14, LHD 6 arrived in Savu Sea to conduct a multi-lateral exercise MAREX 2009 in cooperation with the government of Timor-Leste.
October 29, The Bonhomme Richard pulled to Phuket, Thailand, for a goodwill port call.
November 15, The BHR ARG recently entered the U.S. 5th Fleet AoR relieving the Bataan (LHD 5) ARG.
December 28, Capt. Timothy M. Wilson relieved Capt. Rodney A. Clark as Commander, Amphibious Squadron Seven, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Bonhomme Richard.
March 9, 2010 USS Bonhomme Richard arrived in Port Klang, Malaysia, for a scheduled port visit to Kuala Lumpur.
April 5, LHD 6 pulled into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a routine port visit and to pick up "Tigers."
April 14, USS Bonhomme Richard returned to Naval Base San Diego after a nearly seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.
May 25, The amphibious assault ship is currently off the West Coast participating in a Navy/Marine Corps training exercise Dawn Blitz 2010.
June 14, USS Bonhomme Richard ARG departed San Diego to take part in Trident Warrior 2010 and Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises.
June 24, The BHR pulled into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the first (in port) phase of RIMPAC 2010.
July 6, LHD 6 departed Pearl Harbor for the second (at sea) phase of bienial, multinational Exercise RIMPAC.
July 10, Capt. Jonathan L. Harnden relieved Capt. John W. Funk as commanding officer of the Bonhomme Richard.
August 2, The amphibious assault ship departed Hawaii after completing its participation in Rim of the Pacific 2010. BHR returned to San Diego Aug. 9.
August 12, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 7 was disestablished, after 24 years of naval service, aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard.
September 14, The Bonhomme Richard departed San Diego for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.
September 26, LHD 6 offloaded more than 800 pallets of ammunition to Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook, while underway Sept. 20-23.
December 1, USS Bonhomme Richard entered the dry-dock at General Dynamics-NASSCO shipyard for a four-month, $74 million worth, Drydocking Phased Maintenance Availability (DPMA). During that time the ship will go through everything from hull and hanger bay preservation, to the improvement of communications systems to the addition of equipment needed for the BHR to handle the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter and MV-22 Osprey aircraft.
April 13, 2011 The amphibious assault ship departed dry-dock and returned to Naval Base San Diego where will undergo more work as part of a roughly $100 million overhaul.
July 8, USS Bonhomme Richard departed homeport for sea trials off the coast of southern California.
July 14, Rear Adm. Gerard P. Hueber relieved Rear Adm. Earl L. Gay as Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the BHR at sea.
July 25, The Bonhomme Richard departed San Diego for sea trials.
July 29, LHD 6 passed its latest round of operational tests, becoming certified in both amphibious and aircraft operations.
August 2, USS Bonhomme Richard arrived pierside at terminal 25 in Seattle's South Harbor for a six-day Seafair celebration. The amphibious assault ship pulled into Naval Station Everett on Monday.
August 30 The BHR departed Naval Base San Diego to conduct ammunition onload.
September 28, USS Bonhomme Richard is currently participating in a Navy/Marine Corps amphibious landing exercise Dawn Blitz 2011, off the coast of Camp Pendleton, from Sept. 28- Oct. 3.
October 5, The Bonhomme Richard pulled into San Francisco, Calif., to participate in Fleet Week 2011.
November 10, LHD 6 returned to homeport after a routine training off the coast of southern California.
January 12, 2012 The amphibious assault ship departed San Diego for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.
February 3, Capt. Charles E. Litchfield relieved Capt. Jonathan L. Harnden as CO of the BHR during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at San Diego.
February 14, USS Bonhomme Richard departed Naval Base San Diego for a two-month western Pacific deployment and a homeport change to Sasebo, Japan, to replace the forward deployed USS Essex (LHD 2).
February 21, The Bonhomme Richard pulled into Pearl Harbor for an overnight stop to deliver seven CH-53E Super Stallions to the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 463 at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay. The helicopters are replacing the CH-53D, which was retired Feb. 11 after more than 40 years of service; and to offload the Navy A-3 aircraft for delivery to the Pacific Aviation Museum. The plane was originally attached to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., with Heavy Attack Squadron (VAH-123). From there it was used by Hughes Aircraft Company conducting flight tests.
March 3, LHD 6 pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a brief port call.
March 8, USS Bonhoome Richard pulled into White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, for a four-day port call.
April 2, The BHR recently anchored in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, after participating in a joint exercise Foal Eagle 2012, off South Korea, along with USS Essex ARG.
April 9, USS Bonhomme Richard arrived at its new homeport of Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan.
April 23, Capt. David Fluker took the command of the Bonhomme Richard during an exchange of command and crew ("hull swap") ceremony with the USS Essex at Sasebo Naval Base.
June 28, Capt. Daniel P. Dusek relieved Capt. David Fluker as CO of the Bonhomme Richard during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship in Sasebo.
August 10, USS Bonhomme Richard departed Sasebo, Japan, for a western Pacific patrol. Anchored in Sasebo Harbor for ammo onload from Aug. 16-17.
August 20, The BHR moored at White Beach Naval Facility for a two-day port call to embark Marines and equipment before conducting Amphibious Integration Training (AIT) and Certification Exercise (CERTEX).
August 25, LHD 6 moored at Berth 12 in Fleet Activities Yokosuka for safe haven from Typhoon Bolaven. Underway on Aug. 26; Another visit to Okinawa from Aug. 30-31.
September 26, USS Bonhomme Richard pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call after completed a two-week CERTEX on Sept. 24.
October 5, The Bonhomme Richard ARG pulled into Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a three-day port call before participating in a bilateral Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2013, near Palawan and Zambales provinces. Inport Subic Bay again from Oct. 17-20.
October 22, The amphibious assault ship moored at Sepanggar Naval Base for a four-day port visit to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
October 29, USS Bonhomme Richard anchored in Victoria Harbour for a four-day port visit to Hong Kong. Inport White Beach, Okinawa, from Nov. 4-6.?
November 10, The BHR ARG is currently participating in Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 24G, the maritime component of the biennial exercise Keen Sword 2013, between the United States and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships.
November 18, LHD 6 recently arrived in Andaman Sea to provide support for U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and Cambodia from Nov. 17-20.
December 3, USS Bonhomme Richard returned to homeport after a nearly four-month underway period.
January 24, 2013 The Bonhomme Richard departed Fleet Activities Sasebo for an annual Spring Patrol.
January 26, LHD 6 moored at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, for a four-day port call.
February 10, USS Bonhomme Richard joined USS Germantown (LSD 42) and USS Tortuga (LSD 46) in the Gulf of Thailand to participate in annual multinational exercise Cobra Gold 2013, from Feb. 11-21.
March 1, The BHR is currently underway in the Gulf of Thailand for INSURV Preps. and will soon commence its Amphibious Integration Training (AIT) and Certification Exercise (CERTEX) off the coast of Okinawa. Inport White Beach Naval Facility from March 21-26; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on March 25; Anchored off Yokosuka on March 28.
March 30, USS Bonhomme Richard returned to Sasebo after a two-month underway period.
From April 26-27 and 29th, the Bonhomme Richard was underway for local operations. Underway for INSURV rehearsal on May 10; Underway for a Board of Inspection and Survey assessment on May 13.
June 13, USS Bonhomme Richard departed Fleet Activities Sasebo for a Summer Patrol; Anchored in Sasebo Harbor for ammo onload from June 13-14.
June 14, LHD 6 embarked four MV-22 Osprey aircraft, assigned to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265, for their maiden Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) deployment.
June 24, The BHR moored at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa for a two-day port call to embark combat elements from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
July 9, USS Bonhomme Richard moored at the Port of Brisbane, Australia, for a four-day port visit before participating in a bilateral exercise Talisman Sabre 2013, off the coast of Queensland, from July 15- Aug. 5; The ARG commenced Certification Exercise (CERTEX) on Aug. 7.
August 16, The amphibious assault ship moored at Garden Island Naval Base in Sydney, Australia, for a four-day port visit.
August 28, USS Bonhomme Richard moored at Fort Hill Wharf in Darwin, Australia, for a three-day port visit. The elements of 31st MEU will participate in exercise Koolendong 2013, at the Bradshaw Field Training Area south-west of Darwin, from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7; Inport Darwin again for backload from Sept. 8-10.
September 18, The Bonhomme Richard moored at Ocean Terminal in Hong Kong for a three-day port visit. Inport Okinawa, Japan, for offload from Sept. 25-28.
September 30, USS Bonhomme Richard returned to Sasebo after a three-and-a-half month underway period in the U.S. 7th Fleet AoR.
October 2, Rear Adm. Hugh D. Wetherald, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7 relieved of command Capt. Daniel P. Dusek due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." The XO Capt. Murray J. Tynch, III assumed temporary command of the LHD 6.
October 7, USS Bonhomme Richard emergency sortied from Fleet Activities Sasebo to avoid the Typhoon Danas. Returned home on Oct. 10.
November 14, Capt. Heidi C. Agle relieved Capt. Cathal S. O'Connor as Commander, Amphibious Squadron (COMPHIBRON) 11 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the BHR.
January 21, 2014 USS Bonhomme Richard departed Sasebo for sea trials after a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Anchored in Sasebo Harbor for ammo onload from Jan. 22-23; Returned home on Jan. 24.
February 17, USS Bonhomme Richard departed homeport for a routine Spring Patrol.
February 22, The BHR moored at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, for a four-day port call to conduct onload before participating in Amphibious Integration Training (AIT) and Certification Exercise (CERTEX). Inport White Beach again from March 24-25.
March 27, USS Bonhomme Richard ARG randezvous with the USS Lake Erie (CG 70), USS Howard (DDG 83), ROKS Dokdo (LPH 6111), ROKS Wang Geon (DDG 978), ROKS Bi Ro Bong (LST 682), ROKS Hyang Ro (LST 683) and ROKS Gwangmyeong (PCC 782), in the waters south of Jeju Island, for participation in annual combined exercise Ssang Yong, off the coast of Pohang, Republic of Korea; Anchored off Pohang from March 29- April 2 and April 5-7.
April 11, The Bonhomme Richard is currently conducting training with the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), 2nd Infantry Division, while underway in the East China Sea. The Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) arrived in the waters west of the Korean Peninsula on April 15.
April 16, LHD 6 arrived in the vicinity off a capsized South Korean ferry Sewol, near the island of Jindo, to provide assistance if needed. The 6,852-tonne vessel, carrying 476 people, including 325 high school students, had been en route from the western port of Incheon to the southern resort island of Jeju, when it reportedly hit rocks before 9 a.m. and began listing severely; Completed SAR mission on April 22; Inport White Beach, Okinawa, for offload from April 24-26.
April 28, USS Bonhomme Richard anchored at A-39 in Sasebo Harbor for ammo offload after completing a 10-week patrol; Moored at Berth 1-2, Juliet Basin Wharf on May 1.
August 21, The Bonhomme Richard departed Fleet Activities Sasebo for sea trials after a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). An "accidental gouging" of the flight deck, discovered on Aug. 8, led to a visual inspection, during which time officials from Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center Detachment Sasebo saw the non-skid surface was flaking. Further testing confirmed the nonskid material had not set properly, making the surface unsafe for flight operations. As a result, the ship will likely have to delay its next Fall Patrol.