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SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 14, 2012) - Aviation Boatswain's Mates (Handling) taxi an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 across the flight deck during flight operations aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is currently participating in Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX). PHIBLEX is an annual bilateral exercise held in conjunction with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and is designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and develop professional and personal relationships between U.S. and Philippine forces. Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed amphibious ready group and is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)


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Taken on October 14, 2012