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.
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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