USS Bonhomme Richard Visits Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Photo of Captain Joey Tynch speaking to the media
Members of the media at a briefing by Capt Joey Tynch, Commanding Officer USS Bonhomme Richard. (U.S. Embassy photo)

The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Malaysia for a scheduled port visit in Kota Kinabalu, Feb 23, 2015. Bonhomme Richard Sailors and Marines were involved in various community service projects, hosting tours of the ship, sporting events, as well as enjoying Kota Kinabalu city.

More than 40 Sailors and Marines teamed up with city council workers and local volunteers to help beautify Likas Bay Public Park. Malaysian Armed Forces and delegates from the State of Sabah, Malaysia were given the opportunity to embark USS Bonhomme Richard via an MV-22 Osprey aircraft, tour the spaces and view the ship’s capabilities, observe a UH-1Y Huey Venom helicopter live-fire demonstration and a Marine raid force demonstration.

Photo of the USS Bonhomme Richard
USS Bonhomme Richard. (U.S. Embassy photo)

This visit marks the first port visit of a big deck amphibious ship to Malaysia in two years. The visit’s purpose is meant to develop relations between the United States and Malaysian governments by both countries conducting military training together.

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