By MC2 Raymond D. Diza III, Amphibious Squadron 11 Public Affairs
With USS Green Bay (LPD 20) on the horizon, Marines approach USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during recent amphibious integration training leading up to CERTEX. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Jeanette Mullinax) >>
PHILIPPINE SEA - The Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHR ESG), along with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), completed certification exercise (CERTEX), March 29.
CERTEX is conducted to evaluate the integration of all elements of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHR ESG) and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), testing their combined ability to plan for and execute mission essential tasks.
“Every Sailor and Marine, no matter what job they hold, plays an important role within our blue-green team,” said Capt. George Doyon, commander, Amphibious Squadron 11. “It is through these trainings that we see how each of our small parts play into the bigger picture and maintain our mission capabilities as a formidable amphibious force.” Ships of the ESG and 31st MEU conducted CERTEX from March 21-28 in the vicinity of Okinawa, Japan where the 31st MEU is forward deployed to.