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PHIBLEX 33 Ends, US Marines and Sailors depart the Philippines

ABOARD USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) – The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, embarked aboard the U.S. Navy vessels of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, departed Subic Bay, Philippines, after successfully completing Philippines Amphibious Landing Exercise 33 (PHIBLEX 33), Oct. 12, 2016.

During PHIBLEX 33, the Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU and BHR ESG partnered with the Armed Forces of the Philippines at several locations on the islands of Luzon and Palawan. The bilateral training focused on amphibious landing capabilities and humanitarian civic assistance to build on the longstanding relationship between the AFP and U.S. forces.

The Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU and BHR ESG are conducting a regularly scheduled patrol of the Indo-Asia Pacific region. The patrol is designed to support U.S. Pacific Command’s theater security cooperation initiatives to promote goodwill and strengthen regional partnerships. (United States Marine Corps,Public Affairs Office, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit)

 

SUBIC BAY, Philippines - U.S. Marines embark Humvees aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) from the pier. Bonhomme Richard is on a port visit to Subic Bay to onload 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit personnel, equipment and vehicles following Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise 33 (PHIBLEX). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Naomi VanDuser)
SUBIC BAY, Philippines -- U.S. Sailors assigned to Naval Beach Unit 7 (NBU 7) guide vehicles into the well deck of amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) from Landing Craft, Utility 1634. Bonhomme Richard is on a port visit to Subic Bay to onload 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit personnel, equipment and vehicles following Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise 33 (PHIBLEX). PHIBLEX is an annual U.S.-Philippine military bilateral exercise that combines amphibious landing and live-fire training with humanitarian civic assistance efforts to strengthen interoperability and working relationships. Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Naomi VanDuser)

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