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MELBOURNE, VIC, Australia - Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) greet Melbourne, Australia, Aug. 28, 2017. The Melbourne port visit is the first for a U.S. Navy vessel since 2008 according to the U.S. Department of State. The 31st MEU partners with the Navy’s Amphibious Squadron 11 to form the amphibious component of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group. The 31st MEU and PHIBRON 11 combine to provide a cohesive blue-green team capable of accomplishing a variety of missions across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.


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