USS Bonhomme Richard, Germantown complete CERTEX

U.S. Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), and amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), arrived in White Beach, Okinawa after completing a 9-day certification exercise (CERTEX) in the East China Sea, February 28.

The ships embarked the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) for the CERTEX which is a comprehensive, complex training evolution that combines Navy and Marine Corps maritime and sea-to-shore capabilities.

The ARG was evaluated on a wide range of complex scenarios. These scenarios tested their ability to operate in several mission critical areas ranging from maritime boarding and combat flight operations to amphibious landings, raids and civilian evacuation drills.

Captain Ed Thompson, commander of amphibious squadron 11, said: “CERTEX is an opportunity to put our interoperability to the test. Integration with the 31st MEU is essential to the ARG’s mission readiness.

“Each scenario demanded a series of aircraft, landing craft, equipment and personnel movements. The blue-green team drove the problem and safely executed the mission. I am proud of what our team accomplished over the past 9 days.”

During CERTEX Bonhomme Richard and Germantown Sailors and Marines supported over 250 flight deck operations and conducted over ten landing craft launch and recovery evolutions demonstrating Navy and Marine Corps maritime and sea-to-shore capabilities.

Bonhomme Richard ARG is comprised of amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and amphibious dock landing ships USS Germantown (LSD 42) and USS Ashland (LSD 48).

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