Thursday, March 21, 2013

Bonhomme Richard, 31st MEU Complete CERTEX

Bonhomme Richard, 31st MEU Complete CERTEX

Story Number: NNS130320-23Release Date: 3/20/2013 9:25:00 PM
From Amphibious Squadron 11 Public Affairs
USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At Sea (NNS) -- Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) arrived in White Beach, Okinawa, after completing a 10-day certification exercise (CERTEX) with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in the East China Sea March 21.

CERTEX is a comprehensive, complex training evolution that combines the Navy and Marine Corps maritime and sea-to-shore capabilities. Although routinely conducted to maintain readiness, this CERTEX introduced a unique training event.

The ARG conducted an inaugural joint recovery force exercise between Army Special Forces (SOF), U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Navy personnel.

"Operating effectively as a cohesive unit is imperative to conducting joint amphibious operations," said Commander, Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON), Capt. Cathal S. O'Connor. "Coordinating across multiple services in an amphibious warfare environment requires skill, attention to detail and ability to multi-task in a continually evolving environment."

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