Sailors and Marines man the rails. 

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (March 1, 2011) – Sailors and Marines of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) and the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit man the rails as the ship passes by the Battleship Missouri and USS Arizona Memorials on their way in to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Boxer is the flag ship of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group which is underway with the 13th MEU for a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Oscar Espinoza/RELEASED)
USS Boxer Visits Pearl Harbor 
By USS Boxer Public Affairs Office 

Honolulu (March 1, 2011) – The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) pulled in to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam today for the first liberty port of its 2011 Western Pacific deployment.

More than 3500 sailors and Marines from the ship and the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit will take advantage of Honolulu’s and Oahu’s hospitality before continuing west.

“All the men and women of Boxer have worked so hard to get ready for this deployment,” said Capt. Frank J. Michael, the ship’s commanding officer, “they deserve every minute of liberty we can give them in a great place like Hawaii.”

The ship will ultimately be stationed in the 5th Fleet area of operations for maritime security patrols.

Boxer, along with the rest of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, departed San Diego for WESTPAC 2011 on February 22.

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