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130716-N-VO234-056PACIFIC OCEAN (July 16, 2013) – Reconnaissance (RECON) Marines from the 1st RECON Battalion of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) perform rapid deploy and egress maneuvers using Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC), from the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is underway off the coast of Southern California conducting a Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX is a scenario driven exercise aimed at integrating the ships in the Boxer Amphibious Readiness Group through a series of live training exercises. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Conor Minto/RELEASED)
USS Boxer Trains for Straits Transits 
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joe Bishop, USS Boxer Public Affairs 
PACIFIC OCEAN – Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) simulated a strait transit July 11 in preparation for their upcoming deployment.

The exercise is one of many Boxer is currently conducting as part a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX is a scenario-based exercise intended to integrate the ships off the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) through a series of live training events.

“This exercise helped show how crucial the coordination and communication is between Boxer and other ships in the ARG,” said Capt. John Gumbleton, commanding officer of USS Boxer. “Each Sailor and Marine played an important role during this evolution and they demonstrated the best of Navy-Marine Corps team working together.”

The Boxer ARG consists of Boxer, USS Harper’s Ferry (LSD 49), USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1, the 13th Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and other embarked units.

The strait transit exercise tested Boxer Sailors’ abilities to safely maneuver the ship while accounting for all other ships, boats and aircraft encountered during transit.

Marines from the 13th MEU stood watches on the flight deck and pilothouse to augment the ship’s crew during the exercise.

“It’s great to help out the Navy,” said Marine 1st Lieutenant Timothy Toomey, assigned to the 13th MEU. “Hopefully this will help us out in a real situation. I’m looking forward to this in real life.”

“Every transit is unique in its own way,” said Lt, Cmdr. Peter Tamminga, the Ship’s Intelligence Officer. “Sailors and Marines worked together to safely navigate and protect the ship during the transit. I am proud of the Navy-Marine team and I expect nothing less from the Boxer ARG,” he added.

Boxer is underway off the coast of Southern California conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPUTEX is a scenario driven exercise aimed at integrating the ships of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group through a series of live training events.
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