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.