Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Line Handling Aboard The USS Bonhomme Richard in Sasebo, Japan


The U.S. Navy released the above photo and below caption:

SASEBO, Japan (Feb. 27, 2017) Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Jose Garcia, center, and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Steve Sarsaba heave a mooring line on the fantail of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as the ship prepares to depart Sasebo, Japan. 

Bonhomme Richard is on a routine patrol, operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to serve as a forward-capability for any type of contingency. 

The above photo was taken by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Diana Quinlan.

Note: The photo brings back memories. I visited Sasebo, Japan in 1971 when the USS Kitty Hawk pulled in for R&R during our WESTPAC Vietnam cruise. I later did my share of line handling while serving aboard the harbor tugboat USS Saugus at the nuclear submarine base at Holy Loch, Scotland.

You can click on the photo to enlarge. 

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