By Lt. Chad Dulac, Amphibious Squadron ONE Public Affairs
Media interested in covering USS Boxer (LHD 4) and its amphibious ready group (BOXARG) arrival should contact Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs Office by 4 p.m. Sept. 29.
SAN DIEGO - USS Boxer (LHD 4) Amphibious Ready Group (BOXARG) will return to its homeport of San Diego, Sept. 30 after a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific and U.S. Central Command area of responsibility (AOR).
BOXARG consists of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) and amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20). BOXARG is commanded by Commander, Amphibious Squadron ONE, Capt. Curtis Shaub.
"I couldn’t imagine a more rewarding deployment than the one we’re returning from," said Shaub. "Our Sailors and Marines are the finest in the world and I couldn’t be more proud of their exploits. They executed a multitude of complex tactical operations across an extremely demanding theater of operations during one of the most challenging times in our world’s history."
While operating throughout the Western Pacific and U.S. Central Command AOR, BOXARG provided continuous detailed planning and support to combatant commanders, fleet commanders, and numerous country teams.
BOXARG and embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted various operations across the Western Pacific and U.S. Central Command AOR, routinely supporting simultaneous joint tactical missions in addition to theater security cooperation (TSC) and maritime security operation missions in support of Global Maritime Safety and Security Initiatives.
Comstock and Green Bay completed several TSC operations across five different countries and two combatant commands, including the launch and recovery of more than 275 landing craft air cushion, 59 landing craft utility and 94 amphibious assault vehicle movements accounting for the transportation of 6,424 personnel and 17,488 tons of cargo and equipment.
The Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial System, embarked aboard Comstock, flew more than 120 missions totaling 900 flight hours allowing for prosecution of sea, land and air contacts, further enhancing the situational awareness across the theater.
"There’s nothing like coming home," said Shaub. "For every service member who deployed in 2011, there were dozens of parents, spouses, children, family and friends left behind who’ve kept the vigil watch and pressed on with maintaining the home life until these fine men and women could return from answering their nation’s call."
Other vital elements of the BOXARG include: Fleet Surgical Team Three; Tactical Air Control Squadron 11; Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23, Detachment Five; Assault Craft Unit One, Detachment C; Assault Craft Unit Five, Detachment C and Beach Master Unit One, Detachment E.