|CAPT Michael Ruth
Commanding Officer (June 2015 - December 2016)
Captain Michael Ruth hails from Alexandria, Virginia. He joined the Navy in 1987 and was commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Regents College, NY; Masters Degree in International Business from the University of Redlands, CA and is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and Joint Forces Command and Staff College.
Operational assignments include USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70); Helicopter Anti- Submarine Squadron 7; USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63); Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 15. Capt Ruth commanded Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8; Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 and USS BOXER (LHD 4).
Other assignments include Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 10 as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Flight Instructor; Helicopter Shore Detailer, Navy Personnel Command; Exercise and Engagement Officer, CENTCOM, forward deployed to Oman; Chief Staff Officer, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Deputy Commander, Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.
His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, 3 awards; Navy Commendation Medal, 5 awards; Army Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal, 2 awards; and various campaign and service awards. During his aviation career, he has accumulated over 4,300 flight hours in seven aircraft models.
Boxer Holds Change of Command
SAN DIEGO – The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) held a change of command ceremony on the flight deck where Capt. Wayne R. Brown relieved Capt. John E. Gumbleton as commanding officer.
Work Hard, Play Hard
SAN DIEGO - Master Chief Ship’s Serviceman Alex Payumo, from Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), sets up his shot in a billiards tournament during Surface Line Week 2014.
USS Boxer Cleans Up Ocean Beach
SAN DIEGO – He lifts up the front of his shirt with a gloved hand to wipe the sweat off his forehead. It’s hot. Everyone else is sweating too. It was cloudy and cool in the morning, but the sun burned the marine layer away just before he and the rest of the volunteers picked up their shovels.
Thank God it’s Wednesday!
SAN DIEGO- It’s an early Wednesday morning, and a Sailor wipes a drip of sweat from his forehead, as he finishes up maintenance on the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). His standard issued hard hat helps protect him from anything that might fall on his head, but it’s not helping with the heat of the San Diego summer. He works diligently ensuring that he still has time to go clean the spaces he is responsible for before he hears every Sailor’s favorite words: liberty call.
Former Nuke decides to STA Navy
Ens. Derek Prescott, from Sumter, S.C., enlisted in the Navy in 2007 as a Machinist’s Mate in the nuclear submarine field. In August 2014 he proudly received his gold Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) pin in the wardroom of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) where he is presently stationed. The road between the two places still gives him pause.
Boxer Rebrands, Reopens Ship’s Store
SAN DIEGO - Sailors from USS Boxer’s (LHD 4) ship sales division participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the re-opening of the ship store.
Boxer Sailor Earns Navy Achievement Medal for Rendering Assistance to Motorist
It was finally here. The day we wait for every week – Friday. Hard work had paid off and the workday was done. Logistics Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Cole Karr had gotten off early on a Friday to run a few errands before the weekend. His head start came to a standstill as he drove down the highway and found himself stuck in bumper to bumper traffic.
Boxer Sailors Do Their Homework
SAN DIEGO - Information Systems Technician Seaman Apprentice Keenan Walker studies his history class notes during his off-time aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) for a college class.
Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Visits USS Boxer
SAN DIEGO - Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces speaks to members of the USS Boxer (LHD 4) wardroom during a recent visit to the amphibious assault ship. Boxer is currently undergoing a planned maintenance availability in San Diego.
Boxer’s Communications Interior Division Officer Receives SWO Pin
San Diego - Ens. Sebastian Delossantos, USS Boxer’s Communications Interior (CI) Division Officer, a New Smyrna Beach, Florida native, was awarded his Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) pin by Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, in the wardroom aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
Boxer ARG Departs For COMPTUEX
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), along with Marines assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), departed San Diego to begin Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
Boxer Holds Burial at Sea
The ceremony, which many consider a sacred honor, is requested by the military member, their family, or dependents. This tradition is designed to demonstrate honor and commitment to service and their country beyond a military member's life.
Boxer Crew Gets Big Picture on Culture, Security
Regional Security Education Program (RSEP) instructors from the Naval Postgraduate School raised the collective cultural and security awareness of Boxer service members during an RSEP engagement Feb. 12-19 aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
Boxer Collects 3rd Consecutive Safety Award
For the third consecutive year, amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) was recognized with the Chief of Naval Operation's Safety Award March 9 for the crew's 2015 safety record.
Boxer Receives 5th Consecutive Battle E
For the fifth consecutive year, amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) was selected to receive the Battle Effectiveness (Battle “E”) Award by Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific.
Boxer Departs Hong Kong
During the rain-soaked visit, Boxer’s first port call since departing San Diego Feb. 12, service members participated in 14 Morale, Welfare and Recreation tours and five cultural and subject-matter expert exchanges.
Surgical Team brings more than Medicine to Boxer's Fight
The Navy integrated Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 3 with the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) Medical department to expand the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) medical capabilities.
Boxer ARG, 13th MEU Enter U.S. 5th Fleet
(NNS) The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) concluded operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations and entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, April 5.
SAPR Advocates Bring Awareness to Boxer Crew
Ten teams wrapped up the first week of competition as part of USS Boxer’s (LHD 4) Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) Commander’s Cup Fitness Challenge, April 10.
TACRON 11 Controls Boxer Skies
PRED SEA – Serving as the eyes to the sky, they ensure the safe operation of Boxer’s many combat aircraft, and accurate identification of all air contacts.
Boxer Celebrates Mothers Day
GULF OF ADEN – Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer’s (LHD 4) Junior Enlisted Association (JEA) hosted a Mother’s Day brunch to honor deployed Sailor and Marine mothers, May 8.
Boxer Enjoys Steel Beach Picnic
Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer’s (LHD 4) Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) hosted a Steel Beach Picnic on the flight deck.
Seven Sailors Keep Boxer Cool
GULF OF ADEN - While amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) operates in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations, temperatures often exceed 100 degrees, making it difficult to keep the ship cool.
Boxer hits a high note while deployed
GULF OF ADEN -- Eighteen Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) competed in the first round of the ship's singing competition, “Boxer Idol” May 28.
Boxer Hosts Ruck March in Observance of Memorial Day
GULF OF ADEN (NNS) -- Hundreds of Sailors and Marines gathered in the hangar bay of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) to participate in a two-hour self-paced march in memory of friends and shipmates who could no longer join the march themselves, May 28.
USS Boxer Departs Bahrain after Port Visit
MANAMA, Bahrain- The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) and embarked units from Commander, Amphibious Squadron One and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) concluded a four-day port visit to Bahrain, June 11.
Boxer Celebrate's 118th Year of Hospital Corpsman Rating
ARABIAN GULF – Sailors and Marines assigned to the Medical department aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) held a celebration in the hangar bay to commemorate the 118th birthday of the Navy Hospital Corpsman, June 17.
ER09 Keeps Boxer in the Fight
There is a lot that goes into maintaining a ship the size of USS Boxer (LHD 4), with hundreds of spaces and thousands of pieces of damage control equipment that are essential to maintaining the material integrity and survivability of the ship.
ICs Keep Boxer in Touch
Maintaining the communications systems aboard a ship in the Navy is a critically important responsibility.
Boxer Completes MDVR
U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations - The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), along with embarked Sailors and Marines from Commander, Amphibious Squadron One and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), completed a scheduled mid-deployment voyage repair (MDVR) June 30.
USS Boxer Visits Singapore
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Singapore - The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) moored at Changi Naval Base, Singapore, July 30 for a port visit.
Boxer Arrives in Malaysia for Port Call
KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia - The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), along with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Aug. 9 for a scheduled port visit.
USS Boxer arrives in Malaysia for port call
KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia - The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), along with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, Aug. 9 for a scheduled port visit.
Boxer Bids Farewell to Kota Kinabalu
While in 7th Fleet, the Boxer ARG and 13th MEU and assigned to Commander, Amphibious Force U.S. 7th Fleet, the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force, headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa.
Assault Division Keeps Boxer Elevated
WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN - From bow to stern, the Assault Division aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) maintains and operates some of the largest mission-critical equipment on the ship.
HSC-23 Always On the Ready
They only have three aircraft aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), but the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 are a vital component of the Amphibious Ready Group One, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) team.
Boxer Departs Singapore
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Continuing their ongoing mission in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit departed Singapore, Aug. 4, after a six day port visit.
Boxer Holds Chief Pinning Ceremony
SAN DIEGO -- Sixteen Sailors from amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) earned the title of "chief" during a chief petty officer (CPO) pinning ceremony on the flight deck, Sept. 16.
BOXER RECEIVES SECNAV ENERGY AND WATER MANAGEMENT AWARD
SAN DIEGO – Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) was awarded the fiscal year 2016 Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Energy and Water Management Award for large amphibious ship, Oct. 19, for superior energy efficiency management.
BOXER COMPLETES AMMO OFFLOAD
SAN DIEGO – The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) returned to port, Oct. 27 following nine days at sea concluding with an ammunition off-load off the coast of Southern California.