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181114-M-MC123-0500.JPG Photo By: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeanette Mullinax

Nov 20, 2018
CORAL SEA - Capt. Kelsey Casey, from San Francisco, assigned to the “Tomcats” of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311, prepares for flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during a certification exercise (CERTEX). Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, is supporting a CERTEX that will evaluate the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) on crisis response operations for a number of potential contingencies. CERTEX, taking place off the coast of and within Australia’s Shoalwater Bay Training Area, will test the MEU’s ability to conduct all of its core missions such as stability operations, non-combatant evacuation and disaster relief.


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