USS Boxer (LHD 4) COC 

GULF OF ADEN (July 14, 2011) Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer’s (LHD 4) prospective Commanding Officer, Capt. Kevin Flanagan, right, reads his orders to Commanding Officer, Capt. Frank Michael during a change of command ceremony in the hangar bay. Flanagan relieved Michael as commanding officer of Boxer during the ceremony, July 14. Boxer is underway supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Trevor Welsh/Released)
USS Boxer Conducts Change of Command 
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Fletcher Gibson, USS Boxer Public Affairs 
Capt. Kevin P. Flanagan relieved Capt. Frank J. Michael as commanding officer of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) at a ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay, July 14.
 
“I’ve been very lucky to have a man of Kevin’s character serving as my executive officer, and I have no doubt that Boxer and her crew are in good hands,” Michael said.

During Michael’s time as commanding officer, Boxer completed an aggressive schedule of dry-dock selective restricted availability, Inspection and Survey, and training before deploying to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Flanagan takes command of Boxer while the ship is underway supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

Flanagan began his career as communications officer aboard USS Juneau (LPD 10). Follow-on assignments included USS Leahy (CG 16) and USS Gettysburg (CG 64), as well as serving as an instructor at the United States Naval Academy and Surface Warfare Officer School. Later, he would serve as commanding officer of USS Austin (LPD 4) before reporting to Boxer as executive officer.

Michael’s next assignment is Fellow, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group in Newport, Rhode Island.

Boxer is underway supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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