Credit: Amphibious Squadron 11:9/20/12
- In the first photo, Marine pilot Maj. Howard Longwell from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, top, makes final preparations in the cockpit prior to takeoff in an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron 542 aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard during flight operations. The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, along with the 31st MEU, is participating in a certification exercise. CERTEX is an evaluated event that focuses on the BHR ARG and 31st MEU’s capabilities of doing certain missions such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations or non-combatant evacuation operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell)
- In the second photo, Aviation Boatswain’s Mates (Fuel) move a fuel hose across the flight deck aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during flight operations.
- In the final photo, Hull Maintenance Technician Fireman Kirk Spriggs gathers nuts and bolts in the Hull technician shop aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).