CORAL SEA (Aug. 11, 2017) An AV-8B Harrier, assigned to the “Tomcats” of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311, takes off from the flight deck of 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 certification exercise (CERTEX) for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. During the CERTEX the 31st MEU will be evaluated on crisis response operations for a number of potential contingencies. CERTEX, taking place off the coast of and within Australia’s Shoalwater B

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CORAL SEA (Aug. 11, 2017) An AV-8B Harrier, assigned to the “Tomcats” of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311, takes off from the flight deck of 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 certification exercise (CERTEX) for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. During the CERTEX the 31st MEU will be evaluated on crisis response operations for a number of potential contingencies. CERTEX, taking place off the coast of and within Australia’s Shoalwater B
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CORAL SEA (Aug. 11, 2017) An AV-8B Harrier, assigned to the “Tomcats” of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311, takes off from the flight deck of 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 certification exercise (CERTEX) for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. During the CERTEX the 31st MEU will be evaluated 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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