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)