Named for the five previous US Navy ships bearing the name Boxer 

USS Boxer and USS Enterprise 
USS Boxer and USS Enterprise
The ship name Boxer has an extensive history in British sea faring lore with ten ships sharing the name.  The US Navy started its own history of the ship name, Boxer, when His Majesty’s Brig Boxer, under the command of Captain Samuel Blyth, encountered and was captured by the U.S. Brig Enterprise, under the command of Lieutenant William Burrows, off the coast of Maine on 5 September 1813.

USS Boxer (LHD 4) is the sixth US Navy ship to be named Boxer. Commissioned on 11 Feb 1995, Boxer has served in many exercises, deployments, operations and actions in her service to the US Navy. Operations of note the USS Boxer participated in were Operation Northern Watch, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom II. The Boxer also participated in humanitarian missions and an international anti-piracy task force where, as the flagship of Combined Task Force 151, USS Boxer played a key role in the rescue of the captain of U.S. flagged container ship MV Maersk Alabama who was held hostage by Somali pirates.

For more detailed history on the USS Boxer (LHD 4) visit the Navy Archive page.

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