Platforms Matter: Boxer ARG Completes 8-Month Deployment

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.

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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.

The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) transits San Diego Bay April 25 following a successful deployment to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf. The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, consisting of Boxer, amphibious transport dock ship, USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) undertook numerous maritime security operations, seven major theater cooperation efforts and other operational support in the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins/Released)

The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) transits San Diego Bay April 25 following a successful deployment to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf. The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, consisting of Boxer, amphibious transport dock ship, USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) undertook numerous maritime security operations, seven major theater cooperation efforts and other operational support in the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins/Released)

The amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) transits the San Diego Bay April 25 following a successful deployment to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stacy Atkins Ricks/Released)

The amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) transits the San Diego Bay April 25 following a successful deployment to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stacy Atkins Ricks/Released)

From left: Quartermaster 3rd Class Mark Atwater, Quartermaster Seaman Caleb Hawks and Quartermaster 3rd Class James Cabbell, all assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), pose with their newborn children during a homecoming ceremony at Naval Base San Diego, April 25. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Vazquez/Released)

From left: Quartermaster 3rd Class Mark Atwater, Quartermaster Seaman Caleb Hawks and Quartermaster 3rd Class James Cabbell, all assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), pose with their newborn children during a homecoming ceremony at Naval Base San Diego, April 25. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Vazquez/Released)

A Sailor, assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), meets his baby girl for the first time during a homecoming celebration at Naval Base San Diego April 25 following a successful deployment to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gerald Dudley Reynolds/Released)

A Sailor, assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), meets his baby girl for the first time during a homecoming celebration at Naval Base San Diego April 25 following a successful deployment to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gerald Dudley Reynolds/Released)

A Sailor who won the 'first kiss' for the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) greets his family on the pier at Naval Base San Diego April 25.  Boxer, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is currently returning to its homeport of San Diego from an eight-month deployment to the western Pacific and the U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mayra Knight (Released).

A Sailor who won the ‘first kiss’ for the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) greets his family on the pier at Naval Base San Diego April 25. Boxer, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is currently returning to its homeport of San Diego from an eight-month deployment to the western Pacific and the U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mayra Knight (Released).

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Platforms Matter: Boxer ARG Completes 8-Month Deployment