More than 4,500 Sailors and Marines of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit completed an eight-month deployment April 25 when the ships arrived at Naval Base San Diego.
While deployed, the Boxer ARG/13th MEU served in the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility, providing maritime security operations, crisis response capability, theater security cooperation and forward naval presence.
Click above to enlarge.
Modern and ready amphibious warship platforms are designed to support the Marine Corps tenets of Operational Maneuver From the Sea and Ship to Objective Maneuver. These platforms must be capable of sailing in harm’s way and enable rapid combat power buildup ashore in the face of opposition. Because of their inherent capabilities, these ships have been and will continue to be called upon to also support humanitarian and other contingency missions on short notice.