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160308-N-YR245-418 EAST SEA (March 8, 2016) Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) transits in formation during photographic exercise as a part of 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Craig Z. Rodarte)
Boxer ARG, 13th MEU Team Departs 7th Fleet, Returns to 3rd Fleet

PACIFIC OCEAN -- The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) team completed operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations (AOO) and entered the U.S. 3rd Fleet AOO, Aug. 25.

The ARG/MEU team is returning to the U.S. following a deployment that saw their forces operate in the 3rd, 5th, and 7th Fleet AOOs in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, theater security cooperation, and marine interdiction operations while providing combatant commanders with a sea-based theater reserve force ready to conduct missions across the range of military operations.

“Everyone is excited that we are getting closer to home and will soon be reunited with family and friends,” said Capt. Patrick Foege, commodore for Amphibious Squadron One. “Our Sailors and Marines did incredible work throughout this deployment, from conducting strikes in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in 5th Fleet to promoting maritime security and freedom of the seas in 7th Fleet.”

"This Western Pacific 16-1 Deployment has demonstrated a significant high operational tempo. We struck ISIS militants in Iraq, trained with partner nations in nearly every time zone between Hawaii and Djibouti, Africa, conducted maritime security operations in the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Gulf, and we have had the opportunity to experience foreign cultures in 10 different countries during port calls," said Col. Anthony Henderson, commanding officer of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. "The Marines and Sailors of the Fighting 13th performed terrifically throughout the last seven months. While we stand ready to support any potential mission, we anxiously anticipate reuniting with our friends, families, and the San Diego community that have supported us throughout the duration of this deployment."

The Boxer ARG/13th MEU team entered 7th Fleet July 23 and conducted theater security cooperation exercises with Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia

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