The video shows Marines and Sailors shooting during a combat marksmanship program range aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Marines and Sailors are with 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The soldiers are shown in full combat gear, firing at close-range targets on all sides, in unison and on command.
The USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, the third in the US Navy that carries the name. Wasp-class ships are Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) warships that are able to operate advanced aircraft and landing craft. Wasp-class ships are capable of carrying almost the entire US Marine Corps Marine Expeditionary Unit force, transporting them and landing them in hostile territories.
The USS Bonhomme Richard was named in honor of the famous frigate of John Paul Jones, which in French translates closely to “Good Man Richard.” This was to honor Benjamin Franklin, US Ambassador to France during those years, derived from Franklin’s pen name when he wrote “Poor Richard’s Almanac.”
Ingalls Shipbuilding won the contract to build the ship in 1992, and it was launched in 1997 then commissioned for active service in 1998. The primary mission of the warship is to embark, deploy and land Marine forces in amphibious assault operation using helicopters, landing crafts and amphibious vehicles. The Bonhomme Richard has participated in several naval operations, including being the first Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment among US Navy ships as part of Operation Southern Watch.
Bonhomme Richard was also deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. During the latter, she offloaded over a thousand Marines and equipment into Kuwait and became one of two “Harrier Carriers” in the Persian Gulf, launching airstrike crafts into Iraq.
The ship also took part in relief operations in Sri Lanka and Indonesia, and participated in the 2006 RIMPAC exercises, along with air-sea rescue operations in South Korea in 2014. The Bonhomme Richard is currently the flagship for the Expeditionary Strike Group Seven.