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)
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.