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    Bonhomme Richard celebrates ship’s birthday while serving the community



    Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Kofonow 

    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)

    Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) celebrated the ship’s 21st birthday with a community service project and picnic in San Diego, August 15.

    The command-wide community service project consisted of each of the ship’s 13 departments engaging in a base beautification and clean-up of Naval Base San Diego.

    “The event went really well,” said Religious Program Specialist 1st Class Joshua Bloodgood. “The sailors were real excited to get out and make our base cleaner, where we work and give back to what we call our home.”

    This is the second time the crew has come together for a command-wide service project as part of the Rise Above initiative, whose purpose is community, command, and self-improvement.

    “It was Bonhomme Richard showcasing to the rest of the waterfront what 21 years of excellence looks like,” said Bloodgood.

    Following the base clean-up, the crew converged at Breakers Beach aboard Naval Air Station North Island, in Coronado, Calif., to celebrate the 21st birthday of the ship. The food and fun was provided by the ship’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation department.

    “I want to thank our Sailors for the tremendous job they do, not just today cleaning our base, but the work they do every single day,” said Command Master Chief Joe Hernandez. “Their tireless dedication and professionalism is a testament to the ship’s success over the last 21 years and is the reason we will continue to be successful in the future.”

    USS Bonhomme Richard is in its homeport of San Diego.

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    Date Taken: 08.15.2019
    Date Posted: 08.15.2019 20:15
    Story ID: 336118
    Location: SAN DIEGO, CA, US 
    Hometown: LONGMONT, CO, US
    Hometown: SAN ANTONIO, TX, US

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