Expeditionary Strike Group 7 Arrives in Republic of Korea


Story Number: NNS160303-10Release Date: 3/3/2016 11:07:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Stacy M. Atkins Ricks, Commander, Amphibious Squadron 11 Public Affairs

BUSAN, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7, including 3 ships and more than 4,000 Sailors and Marines, arrived in Republic of Korea ports March 3, for scheduled port visits.

The strike group's flagship, the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) with embarked 3D Marine Expeditionary Brigade(MEB), Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit(MEU), along with the dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), arrived in Busan while the dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) docked in the port city of Chinhae.

"This port call gives Sailors and Marines the opportunity to forge lasting relationships with our partner nation," said Capt. Jeffrey A. Ward, commanding officer, USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). "They will also have some time off to recharge and experience the Korean culture."

The Sailors and Marines of the Bonhomme Richard (BHRESG) will engage with members of the ROK Navy and conduct cultural exchanges where they will participate in several community relations projects, subject matter expert exchanges and host a reception aboard Bonhomme Richard with key U.S. and ROK Navy and Marine Corps leaders.

Following the port visit, the BHRESG and ROK Flotilla 5 ESG will get underway to commence exercise Ssang Yong 2016.

Ssang Yong 2016 is the largest multilateral amphibious exercise to date. It is a bi-annual exercise conducted by integrated MEB/ESG forward-deployed forces with the ROK Navy and Marine Corps designed to strengthen interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations ranging from disaster relief to complex expeditionary operations.

Bonhomme Richard and recently completed amphibious integration training (AIT) and a certification exercise (CERTEX) along with USS Germantown (LSD 42) and the embarked 31st MEU.

Bonhomme Richard, Germantown and Ashland are forward-deployed to Sasebo, Japan and ESG 7, 3D MEB and 31st MEU are stationed in Okinawa, Japan. The BHRESG is currently on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

For more information about Bonhomme Richard visit our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/ussbhr.

For more news from Commander, Amphibious Force, U.S. 7th Fleet, visit www.public.navy.mil/surfor/esg7/Pages/default.aspx.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnfk/.

 
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Republic of Korea (ROK) Sailors wave U.S. and ROK flags as USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) pulls into ROK Fleet base
160303-N-WT427-031 BUSAN, Republic of Korea (March 03, 2016) Republic of Korea (ROK) Sailors wave U.S. and ROK flags as USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) pulls into ROK Fleet base. Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7 and is visiting Busan as part of a regularly scheduled port visit (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Jermaine M. Ralliford)
March 3, 2016
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