Boxer Amphibious Ready Group Conducts VBSS Training
USS BOXER, At Sea – Sailors and Marines attached to the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (BOXARG) Maritime Raid Force (MRF) conducted a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) scenario July 14, as part of a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for a scheduled deployment.

The intent of the simulated boardings is to provide training for the Navy and Marine Corps and to integrate together in a dynamic maritime mission.

“It was an amazing experience to be able to work in a Navy-Marine joint exercise like this,” said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Brandon Pellatt, VBSS team member attached to the USS New Orleans (LPD 18).

Lt. James Brassard, material and logistics assistant from Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1, said conducting these types of missions during COMPTUEX provides the BOXARG VBSS team the ability to train for real world operations.

“The simulations enhance our readiness for specific mission taskings,” added Brassard.

The MRF team, comprised of both Marines and Sailors practiced search and seizure and fast roping techniques.

“The training we executed was to maintain our capabilities as a unit,” said a member of the First Reconnaissance Platoon MRF. “I would have to say we did awesome. This was by far the smoothest operation we’ve done for anti-piracy.”

COMPTUEX is a two-week exercise emphasizing teamwork between Sailors and Marines of the BOXARG, consisting of : PHIBRON 1, USS Boxer, USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), USS New Orleans (LPD 18), the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and other embarked units.

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