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USS Boxer (LHD-4)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (11)
Bottom Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3) - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon


Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship (Multi-Purpose):
  • Laid down, 8 April 1991, at Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, (NVR-7 August 1993, DANFS-13 August 1993, Litton-Ingalls 28 August 1993)
  • Commissioned USS Boxer (LHD-4), 11 February 1995, CAPT. Robert E. Annis USN, in command
  • USS Boxer is a unit of Amphibious Squadron Seven, Amphibious Group Three, homeported at San Diego, CA
    Specifications:
    Displacement 40,650 tons (fl.)
    Length 844'
    Beam 105'
    Speed 20 kts.+
    Complement
    104 Officer
    1004 Enlisted
    Marine Force
    1894 (plus 184 surge)
    Armament
    two RAM launchers
    two NATO Sea Sparrow launchers
    three 20mm Phalanx (CIWS) mounts
    four .50cal. machine guns
    Aircraft
    twelve CH-46 Sea Knight Helicopters
    four CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopters
    six AV-8B Harrier attack aircraft
    three UH-1N Huey helicopters
    four AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters
    planned capability to embark MV-22 Osprey VTOL tilt-rotors
    Power Plant
    two 600 psi boilers
    two geared steam turbines
    two shafts, 70,000 total shaft horsepower

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    Boxer 248k Artist's conception of USS Boxer (LHD-4) by graphic illustrator John Barrett. His company, Navy Yard Associates offers, prints of many other navy types including most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your biography, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource. Navy Yard Associates
    Boxer 95k USS Boxer (LHD-4) inboard profile.
    Illustration from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Freidman.
    Robert Hurst
    Boxer 195k Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula, MS. showing various Navy ships under construction/repair. From left to right;
    USS Boxer (LHD-4)
    USS Ramage (DDG-61)
    USS Benford (DDG-65) and
    Israeli corvette INS Hanit
    John Bouvia, USN (Ret)
    Boxer 92k USS Boxer (LHD-4) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Boxer 247k USS Boxer (LHD-4) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    David Holst
    Boxer 34k USS Boxer (LHD-4) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
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    Boxer 74k Boxer (LHD-4) Amphibious Ready Group underway in 1997. From left to right USS Fort Fisher (LSD-40), USS Boxer (LHD-4) and USS Ogden (LPD-5). Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 87k USS Boxer (LHD-4) arrives at San Diego after a 6 month deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, 24 September 1997.
    US Navy photo # 970924-N-7907D-010
    Bill Gonyo
    Boxer 107k USS Boxer (LHD-4) arrives at San Diego after a 6 month deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, 24 September 1997.
    US Navy photo # 970924-N-7907D-004
    Bill Gonyo
    Boxer 75k USS Boxer (LHD-4) under way off at Pearl Harbor, HI., 2 August 1998
    US Navy photo # 980802-N-3612M-003 by PH1 James G. McCarter.
    US Navy Newsstand
    Boxer 93k USS Boxer (LHD-4) departs Naval Station San Diego, 14 March 2001, as family and friends gather at the end of Pier 2 to catch a last glimpse of loved ones manning the rails as the ship departs on a six-months deployment to the western Pacific and Indian Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 010314-N-1144C-004 by PH1 Charles P. Cavanaugh, photo from Navy Newsstand
    Bill Gonyo
    Boxer 102k USS Boxer (LHD-4) anchored off Mazatlan, Mexico, 17 June 2002.
    US Navy photo by PH3 Ruth Winstead.
    Robert Hurst
    Boxer 49k USS Boxer (LHD-4) leading the parade of ships under the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco Bay during Fleet Week, October 2002. Roy Thomas
    Boxer 451k USS Boxer (LHD-4) moored pierside a Naval Station San Diego, 16 January 2003, with a full deck of aircraft, hours before she deploys to conduct missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the continued war on terrorism. Boxer and six other San Diego-based ships will make up Amphibious Task Force-West.
    US Navy photo # 030116-N-5067K-002 Naval Station San Diego, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2003) PH2 Michael D. Kennedy.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 68k USS Boxer (LHD-4) at San Diego, CA., 17 January 17 2003, loaded with U.S. Marines, as well as both medium and heavy lift helicopters; Boxer heads to sea for an unscheduled deployment in support of U.S. national interests. The amphibious assault ship is part of the seven-ship Amphibious Task Force West (ATF-W).
    US Navy photo # 030117-N-2069B-006 by PH3 Gregory Badger.
    US Navy Newsstand web site
    Boxer 86k USS Boxer (LHD-4) at San Diego, CA., 17 January 2003, loaded with U.S. Marines, as well as both medium and heavy lift helicopters. Boxer heads to sea for an unscheduled deployment in support of U.S. national interests. The amphibious assault ship is part of the seven-ship Amphibious Task Force West (ATF-W).
    US Navy photo # 030117-N-2069B-004 by PH3 Gregory Badger.
    US Navy Newsstand
    Boxer 77k USS Boxer (LHD-4) at sea, 27 January 2003, Boxer is part of the seven-ship Amphibious Task Force West (ATF-W) deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
    US Navy photo # 030127-N-1352S-033 by PH2 Jennifer Swader
    US Navy Newsstand
    Boxer 307k A flight deck director signals a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter to lift off the flight deck aboard USS Boxer (LHD4). Boxer and embarked Marines are deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
    US Navy photo # 030224-N-2321D-002 The Arabian Sea (Feb. 24, 2003) by SKC Denise Depozo.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 310k Marines board a CH-53E Super Stallion for transit from USS Boxer (LHD-4) to Kuwait. Boxer and embarked Marines are deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
    US Navy photo # 030227-N-2321D-001 The Arabian Sea (Feb. 27, 2003) by SKC Denise Depozo.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Tarawa
    030420-N-2515C-091
    373k The amphibious assault ships of Commander, Task Force Fifty One (CTF-51) come together in an unprecedented formation during operations in the North Arabian Gulf. This marked the first time that six large deck amphibious ships from the East and West coasts have deployed together in one area of operation. Led by the flag ship USS Tarawa (LHA-1), the ships are (from left to right):
    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6),
    USS Kearsarge (LHD-3),
    USS Bataan (LHD-5),
    USS Saipan (LHA-2), and
    USS Boxer (LHD-4).
    CTF-51 led Navy amphibious forces in the Arabian Gulf region during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 32 ships of CTF-51 composed the largest amphibious force assembled since the Inchon landing, during the Korean War. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multinational coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people and end the regime of Saddam Hussein.
    US Navy photo # 030420-N-2515C-091 North Arabian Gulf (Apr. 20, 2003) by PH2 Larry S. Carlson.
    US Navy photo # 030420-N-7128D-011 North Arabian Gulf (Apr. 20, 2003) by PHC Tom Daily.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Tarawa
    030420-N-7128D-011
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    Bonhomme Richard 4166k Amphibious Task Force-West (ATF-West), comprised of;
    USS Bon Homme Richard (LHD-6),
    USS Boxer (LHD-4),
    USS Dubuque (LPD-8),
    USS Comstock (LSD-45),
    USS Anchorage (LSD-36),
    USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52), and
    USS Cleveland (LPD-7),
    steam in formation with Military Sealift Command (MSC) oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO-200). ATF-West deployed from San Diego January 17, transporting Marines and their gear to Kuwait for further deployment into Iraq.US Navy photo # 030524-N-1352S-006 Arabian Gulf (May 24, 2003) by PH2 Jennifer Swader.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 1993k USS Boxer (LHD-4) steams in San Diego Harbor on her way to her berth at Naval Station San Diego with her Sailors "manning the rails." Boxer is part of the seven-ship Amphibious Task Force West (ATF-W), returning home after supporting U.S. and coalition forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom
    US Navy photo # 030726-N-0226M-004 San Diego, Calif. (Jul. 26, 2003) by PHCS Mahlon K. Miller.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 731k Sailors man the rail, as USS Boxer (LHD-4) returns to her homeport of Naval Station San Diego. Boxer is returning from deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
    US Navy photo # 030726-N-0226M-003 San Diego, Calif. (Jul. 26, 2003) by PH3 Emmanuel Rios.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 523k Sailors man the rail, as USS Boxer (LHD-4) returns to her homeport of Naval Station San Diego. In the background, moored at North Island is the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG-89), decorated in bunting, in preparation for a twilight commissioning ceremony. Boxer is returning home after supporting U.S. and coalition forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
    US Navy photo # 030726-N-3211R-002 San Diego, Calif. (Jul. 26, 2003) by PHC Mahlon K. Miller.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 379k The crew of USS Boxer (LHD-4) board the ship as they prepare to depart on a scheduled deployment to the Central Command area of responsibility in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II force rotation. More than 200 Marines and 900 Sailors embarked aboard Boxer are providing amphibious lift for a portion of the equipment and personnel from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (1 MEF) stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. The majority of Marines deploying from 1 MEF will depart in the Spring via air transport. Boxer’s deployment order highlights the inherent flexibility of naval forces.
    US Navy photo # 040114-N-6213R-007 San Diego, Calif. (Jan 14, 2004) by Mark J. Rebilas
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 251k USS Boxer (LHD-4) as seen from NAS North Island with the San Diego skyline to her starboard quarter, departs on a deployment to the Central Command area of responsibility in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II force rotation.
    US Navy photo # 040114-N-8273J-019 San Diego, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2004) by PH2 Tiffini M. Jones.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 217k A US Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron Four Six Six (HMH-466) "The Wolfpack" flies past USS Boxer (LHD-4) after delivering equipment to Camp Doha, Kuwait. Boxer departed for the Persian Gulf on Jan. 14, 2004 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom rotation of forces, after returning from a regularly scheduled deployment in August 2003. The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship and its more than 900 Sailors and 200 Marines are transporting equipment and aviation assets for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (1st MEF) from Camp Pendleton, CA.
    US Navy photo # 040219-N-7912E-005 Arabian Gulf (Feb. 19, 2004) by PH3 Christopher Elmini.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 3577k USS Boxer (LHD-4) returns to San Diego after completing a three and a half month deployment in support of troop rotation in Iraq. Boxer off-loaded personnel and equipment for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (1st MEF) and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. This was Boxer's second deployment in less than a year after returning from a regularly scheduled deployment in August 2003.
    US Navy photo # 040429-N-7615S-002 San Diego, Calif. (Apr. 29, 2004) by PHAN Danielle M. Sosa.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 118k USS Boxer (LHD-4) returns to San Diego. 29 April 2004, after completing a three and a half month deployment in support of troop rotation in Iraq. Boxer off-loaded personnel and equipment for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (1st MEF) and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. This was Boxer's second deployment in less than a year after returning from a regularly scheduled deployment in August 2003.
    US Navy photo # 040429-N-7615S-014 by PHAN Danielle M. Sosa.
    US Navy Newsstand web site
    LCU-1666 376k USS Boxer (LHD-4) trains with LCU 1666 for vehicle operations with Assault Craft Unit One (ACU-1). Boxer recently returned from operations in Iraq supporting the rotation of forces and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
    US Navy photo # 040622-N-0009S-002 San Diego, Calif. (June 22, 2004) by PH2 Amanda J. Stuart.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 50k USS Boxer (LHD-4) moored pierside at San Francisco during Fleet Week, October 2004. Photo by Shigeru Motosugi
    Boxer 47k USS Boxer (LHD-4)'s superstructure. Photo was taken while moored pierside at San Francisco during Fleet Week, October 2004. Photo by Shigeru Motosugi
    Boxer 208k A rainbow forms as a Sailor makes a final check of the Countermeasure Washdown System (CMWDS) on the flight deck of USS Boxer (LHD-4) The CMWDS provides a blanket of water protection to the exterior of a ship during a chemical, biological or radiological (CBR) attack. This shield of water washes CBR contaminants over the side before they can adhere to the ship’s surface or affect the crew.
    US Navy photo # 041206-N-3455P-008 Pacific Ocean (Dec. 6, 2004) by PHAN Rudy Polach.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 74k USS Boxer (LHD-4) leaves her homeport of San Diego, CA., 29 April 2005, for her third deployment in three years. The ship is expected to participate in Exercise Talisman Sabre, a joint exercise between U.S. and Australian forces in the U.S. 7th fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 050429-N-7130B-072 by PH3 Aaron Burden.
    US Navy Newsstand web site
    Boxer 709k USS Boxer (LHD-4) arrives at Sasebo, Japan for a routine port visit. This port call gives the San Diego based ship’s company a chance to enjoy the sights and culture of the area. Boxer is currently deployed and is scheduled to participate in Exercise Talisman Sabre, a combined exercise between U.S. and Australian forces in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 050517-N-2385R-012 Sasebo, Japan (May 17, 2005) by PH3 Yesenia Rosas.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Jones 74k USS Boxer (LHD-4) moored astern of USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) at Fort Hill Wharf, Darwin, Australia, 3 June 2005. Official Royal Australian Navy photo. Bill Gonyo
    Boxer 815k USS Boxer (LHD-4) prepares to launch Australian S-70A Blackhawks during flight operations in support of exercise Talisman Sabre 2005. Talisman Sabre is an exercise jointly sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defense Force Joint Operations Command, and designed to train the U.S. 7th Fleet commander's staff and Australian Joint Operations staff as a designated Combined Task Force (CTF) headquarters.
    US Navy photo # 050616-N-8146B-003 Shoalwater Bay (June 16, 2005) by PH3 James F. Bartels.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 407k USS Boxer (LHD-4) prepares to launch Australian S70A-9 Black Hawk helicopters during flight operations in support of the combined exercise, Talisman Sabre 2005. Talisman Sabre is an exercise jointly sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defence Force Joint Operations Command, and designed to train the U.S. Seventh Fleet commander's staff and Australian Joint Operations staff as a designated Combined Task Force (CTF) headquarters. The exercise focuses on crisis action planning and execution of contingency response operations. U.S. Pacific Command units and Australian forces will conduct land, sea and air training throughout the training area. More than 11,000 U.S. and 6,000 Australian personnel will participate.
    US Navy photo # 050619-N-8146B-004 Shoalwater Bay (June 19, 2005) by PH3 James F. Bartels.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 70k USS Boxer (LHD-4) at Shoalwater Bay, Australia, launches an Australian Army S70A-9 Black Hawk helicopter and a US Navy Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) in support of the exercise Talisman Sabre 2005, 19 June 2005. Talisman Sabre is an exercise jointly sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defence Force Joint Operations Command, and designed to train the US Seventh Fleet commander's staff and Australian Joint Operations staff as a designated Combined Task Force (CTF) headquarters. The exercise focuses on crisis action planning and execution of contingency response operations. US Pacific Command units and Australian forces will conduct land, sea and air training throughout the training area. More than 11,000 US and 6,000 Australian personnel will participate.
    US Navy photo # 050619-N-8146B-005 Shoalwater Bay (June 19, 2005) by PH3 James F. Bartels.
    Jack Treutle
    Boxer 379k The Malaysian Armed Forces band marches during a pier side welcome for USS Boxer (LHD-4) to Kememan, Malaysia. Boxer is currently participating in the Malaysia phase of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise. CARAT is the third phase of the exercise series with six Southeast Asian nations designed to enhance the interoperability of the respective sea services.
    US Navy photo # 050708-N-3455P-005 Malaysia (July 8, 2005) by LT. Chuck Bell.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 434k Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Christopher Gunn mans the rail as USS Boxer (LHD-4) pulls into Malaysia to take on personnel and stores in support of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT). Boxer will be participating in the 11th edition of CARAT, which is a series of joint bilateral exercises held annually throughout Southeast Asia.
    US Navy photo # 050708-N-3455P-005 Malaysia (July 8, 2005) by PHAN Paul Polach.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 466k A BQM-74E aerial target drone launches from the flight deck of USS Boxer (LHD-4) during exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia. The BQM-74E provides dynamic airborne threat simulation and supports the Fleet worldwide. The target can simulate aircraft or cruise missiles in a variety of threat profiles. Malaysia is the 3rd phase of CARAT 2005, which is a regularly scheduled series of bilateral military training exercises with several Southeast Asia nations designed to enhance interoperability of the respective sea services.
    US Navy photo # 050713-N-3455P-003 South China Sea (July 13, 2005) by PHAN Paul Polach.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 429k Sailors man the rails as USS Boxer (LHD-4) pulls into Majuro, Marshall Islands, to conduct a community outreach program. The visit will give the more than 1,200 Sailors and Marines embarked aboard Boxer a chance to experience the Marshall Island's culture as well as provide some much-needed assistance in the form of medical aid, education, construction, and repairs to schools and other buildings.
    US Navy photo # 050825-N-5914D-001 Majuro, Marshall Islands (Aug. 25, 2005) by PHAN Paul Polach.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 70k USS Boxer (LHD-4) pulls away from the pier in Pearl Harbor, HI., 7 September 2005. Boxer, which recently completed a series of exercises in the Western Pacific and Southeast Asian region, is on her way back to her homeport of San Diego.
    US Navy photo # 050907-N-6507M-027 by PH3 Teresa R. Martinez.
    Chet Morris
    Boxer 61k USS Boxer (LHD-4)'s crew man-the-rails as the ship returns to her homeport at Naval Base San Diego, 15 September 2005. Boxer completed a four-and-a-half month surge deployment providing support to 7th Fleet exercises including Exercise Talisman Sabre, a joint exercise with Australia and Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), where Boxer worked closely with Malaysian Army and Naval forces.
    US Navy photo # 050914-N-7949W-001 by PH1 Daniel N. Woods.
    Chet Morris
    Boxer 1190k USS Boxer (LHD-4) passes beneath the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco Bay as she participates in the 2005 San Francisco Fleet Week celebration. The 24th annual Fleet Week is a 5-day celebration held to recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces.
    US Navy photo # 051008-N-6843I-026 San Francisco Bay (Oct. 8, 2005) by JOSN S. C. Irwin.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 122k USS Boxer (LHD-4) transits San Francisco Bay as she participates in the 2005 San Francisco Fleet Week celebration.
    US Navy photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    Boxer 86k USS Boxer (LHD-4) underway, 8 October 2005, in San Francisco Bay during the Parade of Ships, Fleet Week 2005. CAPT Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.
    Boxer 2338k USS Boxer (LHD-4) off the coast of Southern California. Sailors and Marines with Expeditionary Strike Group Five (ESG-5) recently completed their Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) training.
    US Navy photo # 060723-N-5914D-003 Pacific Ocean (July 23, 2006) by MC3 Noel Danseco.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 2975k USS Boxer (LHD-4) off the coast of Southern California. Sailors and Marines with Expeditionary Strike Group Five (ESG-5) recently completed their Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) training.
    US Navy photo # 060723-N-5914D-004 Pacific Ocean (July 23, 2006) by MC3 Noel Danseco.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 471k USS Boxer (LHD-4) departing Naval Base San Diego on a scheduled Western Pacific deployment as part of Expeditionary Strike Group Five (ESG-5). The San Diego skyline is to starboard as she is outbound. ESG-5 is deploying in support of the global war on terrorism.
    US Navy photo # 060913-N-4776G-132 San Diego (Sept. 13, 2006) by MCSN Kathleen Gorby.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 662k USS Boxer (LHD-4) and ships assigned to Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group (BOXESG) steam alongside while transiting to U.S. 5th Fleet's area of responsibility. 5th Fleet, headquartered in Manama, Bahrain, is responsible for a sea encompassing about 2.5 million square miles of water including the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, and parts of the Indian Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 061105-N-3455P-002 Arabian Sea (Nov., 5 2006) by MCSN Paul Polach.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 1294k USS Boxer (LHD-4) coming alongside the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) (not shown) for an underway replenishment (UNREP). Boxer and Supply are under way in U.S. 5th Fleet's area of operations in support of maritime security operations.
    US Navy photo # 061122-N-8148A-014 Persian Gulf (Nov. 22, 2006) by MC2 Kitt Amaritnant.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 1897k Tugboats spray arches of water in celebration of the arrival of USS Boxer (LHD-4) to her homeport at Naval Base San Diego. Boxer returned home from a twice-extended, nearly nine-month deployment in the Western Pacific
    US Navy photo # 070531-N-8327R-071 SAN DIEGO (May 31, 2007) by MCSN Michelle Rhonehouse.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 1467k Sailors man the rails of USS Boxer (LHD-4) she prepares to moor at her home port of Naval Station San Diego. Boxer returned home from a twice-extended, nearly nine-month deployment in the Western Pacific.
    US Navy photo # 070531-N-8327R-071 SAN DIEGO (May 31, 2007) by MCSN Michelle Rhonehouse.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 533k USS Boxer (LHD-4) gets underway from Naval Base San Diego for a two-month deployment to Latin America as part of a humanitarian mission. During the deployment, the ship's crew will provide humanitarian relief to Guatemala, El Salvador and Peru.
    US Navy photo # 080428-N-7029R-037 SAN DIEGO (April 28, 2008) by MC2 Alexia M. Riveracorrea
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 1079k Sailors man the rails of USS Boxer (LHD-4) transits San Diego Bay. The Boxer and her crew are headed to a training deployment in the Pacific Ocean preparing for a deployment scheduled for early next year.
    US Navy photo # 081029-N-7643B-016 SAN DIEGO (Oct. 29, 2008) by MC3 David A. Brandenburg.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 1969k USS Boxer (LHD-4) moored pierside at Naval Station San Diego in 2008. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret)
    Boxer 778k An AV-8B Harrier II jump-jet assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13 MEU) takes off from the flight deck of USS Boxer (LHD-4). Boxer and the embarked 13 MEU are on a scheduled western Pacific deployment providing global maritime security
    US Navy photo # 090113-N-4774B-017 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 13, 2009) by MC2 Daniel Barker.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 249k USS Boxer (LHD-4) moored pierside, Naval Station, San Diego, CA., 8 February 2009. Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret)
    Makin Island 2591k USS Boxer (LHD-4) at right and USS Makin Island (LHD-8) at left, moored at Naval Station San Diego in November 2009. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
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    515k USS Boxer (LHD-4) flagship of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, is underway during a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean.
    US Navy photo #'s 110308-N-ZS026-397 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 8, 2011),
    110308-N-ZS026-518 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 8, 2011) and
    110308-N-ZS026-453 by MC3 Trevor Welsh
    Lee Wahler
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    Boxer
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    Rappahannock 1216k The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USS Rappahannock (T-AO-204), right, conducts a refueling and vertical replenishment at sea with USS Boxer (LHD-4). Boxer is the flagship of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group underway with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) on a deployment to the western Pacific Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 110317-N-GW695-019 SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 17, 2011) by MC3 Stephen M. Votaw.
    Lee Wahler
    Walter S Diehl 552k The Military Sealift Command replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO-193) refuels USS Boxer (LHD-4) during a refueling at sea. Boxer is the flagship of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group deployed with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU).
    US Navy photo # 110324-N-GW695-142 INDIAN OCEAN (March 24, 2011) by MC3 Stephen M. Votaw.
    Lee Wahler
    Henry J Kaiser
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    1429k The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4) conducts a replenishment at sea with USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187). Boxer is underway supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo #
    110417-N-ZS026-309 ARABIAN SEA (April 17, 2011)
    11417-N-ZS026-164 ARABIAN SEA (April 17, 2011) and
    110417-N-ZS026-353 ARABIAN SEA (April 17, 2011) by MC3 Trevor Welsh
    Lee Wahler and Robert M. Cieri
    Henry J Kaiser
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    Henry J Kaiser
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    Boxer 628k USS Boxer (LHD-4) transits the Indian Ocean. Boxer is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility during a deployment to the western Pacific Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 110818-N-ZS026-011 INDIAN OCEAN (Aug. 18, 2011) by MC2 Oscar Espinoza.
    Lee Wahler
    John Ericsson 773k The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson (T-AO-194) transits the Pacific Ocean alongside USS Boxer (LHD-4) during an underway replenishment. Boxer is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility during a western Pacific deployment.
    US Navy photo # 110916-N-RC734-342 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 16, 2011) by MC2 Joseph M. Buliavac.
    Lee Wahler
    Boxer 456k USS Boxer (LHD-4) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled port visit. The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group is en route to their homeport of San Diego after completing a deployment to the western Pacific and U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 110920-N-VM928-002 PEARL HARBOR (Sept. 20, 2011) by MC2 Robert Stirrup.
    Lee Wahler
    Boxer 154k USS Boxer (LHD-4) moored pierside Naval Station San Diego, CA., 4 December 2012.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Boxer 112k USS Boxer (LHD-4) moored pierside at Naval Station San Diego, CA., 1 April 2013.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Boxer 180k USS Boxer (LHD-4) transits San Diego Bay as she gets underway. Boxer is underway off the coast of Southern California conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX is a scenario-driven exercise aimed at integrating the ships of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) through a series of live training exercises.
    US Navy photo # 130708-N-RV956-055 SAN DIEGO (JULY 8, 2013) by MC1 Ryan Valverde.
    Lee Wahler
    Boxer 202k USS Boxer (LHD-4) transits the Arabian Sea. Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 131115-N-JP249-385 ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 15, 2013) by MC2 Kenan O'Connor.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 250k An AV-8B Harrier II launches off the flight deck of USS Boxer (LHD-4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 131219-N-GM561-080 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 19, 2013) by MCSN Veronica Mammina.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 229k GM3 Levi Horn fires a MK 38 25mm machine gun during a live fire exercise aboard USS Boxer (LHD-4). The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 140221-N-JP249-191 ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 21, 2014) by MC2 Kenan O'Connor.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer 211k USS Boxer (LHD-4) moored pierside at Naval Station San Diego, CA., 14 January 2015. Photo by ENC Peter Skoutas USN
    Boxer 1034k USS Boxer (LHD-4) transits into the Port of Seattle's Pier 90 for Seafair Fleet Week. Seafair Fleet Week is an annual celebration of the sea services wherein Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen from visiting U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships and ships from Canada make the city a port of call.
    US Navy photo # 150728-N-OO032-065 SEATTLE (July 28, 2015) by MC2 Cory Asato.
    Lee Wahler
    Boxer 315k USS Boxer (LHD-4) moored at Naval Station San Diego, CA., 10 October 2015. Photo by Tommy Trampp
    Boxer 2828k The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), composed of USS Boxer (LHD-4), amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD-18), dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) along with HMCS Vancouver (FFH-331) and HMCS Calgary (FFH-335) steam in formation. U.S. and Canadian Sailors, along with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, are participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and a Task Group Exercise off the coast of Southern California Oct. 19 - Nov. 6.
    US Navy photo # 151105-N-KR961-123 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 5, 2015) by MC2 Debra Daco.
    Ron Reeves
    Boxer 311k USS Boxer (LHD-4) under way off the coast of Southern California completing a certification exercise (CERTEX). CERTEX is the final evaluation of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Boxer ARG prior to deployment and is intended to certify their readiness to conduct integrated missions across the full spectrum of military operations.
    US Navy photo # 151210-N-UG095-263 PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 10, 2015) by MC3 Class Michael T. Eckelbecker.
    Wolfgang Hechler
    Boxer 213k Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, addresses the crew of USS Boxer (LHD-4) prior to the ship departing for a scheduled deployment. More than 4,500 Sailors and Marines from the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit departed San Diego, 12 February 2016, for a deployment to the U.S. 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations.
    US Navy photo # 160212-N-VD165-092 SAN DIEGO (Feb. 12, 2016) by MC2 Jose Jaen.
    Ron Reeves
    Boxer 254k Sailors and Marines man the rails on board USS Boxer (LHD-4) as she departs San Diego, 12 February 2016, for a deployment to the 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations.
    US Navy photo # 160212-N-YR245-158 SAN DIEGO (Feb. 12, 2016) by MCSN Craig Z. Rodarte.
    Ron Reeves
    Boxer 188k USS Boxer (LHD-4) transits the Pacific Ocean. More than 4,500 Sailors and Marines from Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit are transiting the Pacific Ocean to the 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations.
    US Navy photo # 160215-N-YR245-426 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 15, 2016) by MCSN Craig Z. Rodarte.
    Ron Reeves
    Boxer
    US Navy photo # 160308-N-YR245-418 EAST SEA (March 8, 2016)
    1276k USS Boxer (LHD-4) transits the East Sea during Exercise Ssang Yong 2016. Boxer is the flagship of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and is participating in exercise Ssang Yong 16. Ssang Yong 16 is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by forward-deployed U.S. forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces in order to strengthen our interoperability and working relationships across a wide range of military operations - from disaster relief to complex expeditionary operations.
    US Navy photo # 160308-N-YR245-418 EAST SEA (March 8, 2016) and 160308-N-YR245-423 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 8, 2016) by MCSN Craig Z. Rodarte.
    Ron Reeves and
    Lee Wahler
    Boxer
    US Navy photo # 160308-N-YR245-423 EAST SEA (March 8, 2016)
    1901k
    Boxer 330k A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) embarks aboard USS Boxer (LHD-4) after transporting troops and equipment ashore in preparation of sustainment training in the 5th Fleet and Central Command areas of responsibility. The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit is conducting sustainment training to maintain proficiency and combat readiness while deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group during Western Pacific Deployment 16-1. of call.
    US Navy photo # 160613-M-NM524-041 ARABIAN GULF (June 13, 2016) by Cpl. Alvin Pujols.
    Tommy Trampp
    Boxer 267k USS Boxer (LHD-4) transits the Strait of Hormuz. Boxer is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. of call.
    US Navy photo # 160715-N-GP524-016 STRAIT OF HORMUZ (July 15, 2016) by MC3 Bill Dodge.
    Lee Wahler
    Boxer 283k USS Boxer (LHD-4) transits the Indian Ocean. Boxer, the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. of call.
    US Navy photo # 160723-N-YR245-072 INDIAN OCEAN (July 23, 2016) by MC3 Craig Z. Rodarte.
    Lee Wahler

    Boxer (LHD-4) Memorabilia
    Boxer
    Launch Program
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer
    Christening Commemorative Coin
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer
    Commissioning Invitation
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer
    Commissioning program
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer
    Change of Command program
    24 September 1999
    Naval Station San Diego, CA.
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Boxer
    2001
    Welcome Aboard
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri


    For more photos and information about USS Boxer, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Boxer (LHD-4) Historical Chronology
  • Command Operations Reports
  • USS Boxer (LHD-4)
  • Navy Fact File - Amphibious Assault Ships LHA/LHD/LHA(R)

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Annis, Robert Earl, USN (1971)11 February 1995 - 2 October 1996
    02CAPT. Moran, James Kevin :VADM2 October 1996 - 19 February 1998
    03CAPT. Massey, Robert Clyde19 February 1998 - 24.09.1999
    04CAPT. Doyle, Stephen Douglas, USN24 September 1999 - 26 May 2001
    05CAPT. Hlywiak, Michael Grove, USN (1976)26 May 2001 - 24 September 2002
    06CAPT. Crowley, Thomas Deane, USN (1978)24 September 2002 - 21 June 2004
    07CAPT. Culora, Thomas John, USN21 June 2004 - 8 December 2005
    08CAPT. Nichols, Bruce Walte8 December 2005 - 23 May 2007
    09CAPT. McCloskey, Matthew Jude, USN (1982)23 May 2007 - 13 September 2008
    10CAPT. Cedrun, Mark Edward, USN (1984)13 September 2008 - 22 January 2010
    11CAPT. Michael III, Frank Joseph22 January 2010 - 14 July 2011
    12CAPT. Flanagan, Kevin Patrick14 July 2011 - 11 January 2013
    13CAPT. Gumbleton, John Edward, USN11 January 2013 - 2 July 2014
    14CAPT. Brown, Wayne R., USN2 July 2014 - 29 September 2014 relieved for cause
    15CAPT. Moore, Keith G., USN (temporary)29 September 2014 - 31 October 2014
    16CAPT. Pompeo, Martin L., USN31 October 2014 - 5 May 2016
    17CAPT. Ruth, Michael Andrew, USN5 May 2016 - 8 December 2016
    18CAPT. Allbritton, Benjamin J., USN8 December 2016 -  
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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