The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) successfully completed flight deck certification, Jan. 29, with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) (Reinforced) 262, Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 231 and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 Det. 6.
The Afloat Training Group (ATG) inspected the ship’s fueling capabilities, vertical replenishment, crash and salvage operations, material readiness, day and night operations and many other flight deck operations.
Bonhomme Richard had not conducted flight operations since April 2014.
For more than a dozen new airmen, out to sea for the first time, and going through their first flight deck certification this was an important step to becoming combat ready for the Air Department team.
With certification complete and aircraft on board, the Air Department team can utilize their Sailors’ newly trained skills to ensure the Bonhomme Richard team is ready for any mission.
With all the inspection elements behind them, Bonhomme Richard’s leadership can take a look back at the hard work and dedication of the crew.
Lt. Keith King, Bonhomme Richard’s aircraft handler, said:
After not operating for nine months, the flight deck crew performed at the highest level and successfully completed all certification requirements expeditiously and in a professional manner. The entire Bonhomme Richard team provided invaluable support in achieving full aircraft facility certification.
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