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USS Boxer (LHD 4)

USS Boxer (LHD 4) rests pierside with a full deck of aircraft

Machinist�s Mate 2nd Class Renwick Redmond spends a few final moments with his children

Holding a large sign, an american flag and a small dog, two friends bid farewell to a sailor as USS Boxer (LHD 4) departs on an unscheduled deployment.

Loaded with U.S. Marines, as well as both medium and heavy lift helicopters, USS Boxer (LHD 4) heads to sea

Wife and daughter hug as they bid farewell to their Sailor.

Loaded with U.S. Marines, as well as both medium and heavy lift helicopters, USS Boxer (LHD 4) heads to sea

Marine spends a few final moments with his son before departing aboard the amphibious assault ship

Family and friends say goodbye to their loved ones aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) as the ship departs San Diego.

U.S. Marines test communication equipment prior to departing USS Boxer (LHD 4) for Kuwait

A flight deck director signals a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter lift off the flight deck aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4)

Keeping the ramp safe and clear, a Beach Master Unit One (BMU-1) ramp marshal directs the craft master of Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 52.

ircrew clean the windshield of a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter prior to launching from the flight deck aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4)

U.S. Marines board a CH-53E Super Stallion for transit from USS Boxer (LHD 4) to Kuwait. Boxer and embarked Marines are deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom

Seaman Boris V. Itkis is reflected in a signal light as he stands watch on the signal bridge aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4).

Maj. Gen. James F. Amos addresses the Sailors and Marines of USS Boxer (LHD 4).

Cmdr. Curtis S. Chesnutt, the Air Boss aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) and Lt. Cmdr. Michael K. Beidler, the Mini Boss, overlook Boxer's Flight Operations from Primary Flight Control.

Aviation Support Equipment Technician 1st Class Katrena King sends a package home from the Post Office aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4).

The amphibious assault ships of Commander, Task Force Fifty One (CTF-51) come together in an unprecedented formation.

The amphibious assault ships of Commander, Task Force Fifty One (CTF-51) come together in an unprecedented formation.

Marine Corps equipment is loaded onto a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC).

ATF-West deployed from San Diego January 17, transporting Marines and their gear to Kuwait for further deployment into Iraq.

nformation Technician 2nd Class Jason A. Scott assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), holds a koala bear at the Billabong Sanctuary in Townsville, Australia

USS Boxer (LHD 4) returns to her homeport of Naval Station San Diego. Boxer is returning from deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Sailors man the rail as the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) returns to her homeport of Naval Station San Diego

USS Boxer (LHD 4) pulls into San Diego Harbor

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Luis Perez from Arecibo, Puerto Rico, mans a crash and salvage and firefighting watch.

Aviation Ordnancemen wait to retrieve crates of ammunition on the flight deck.

Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class Vaughn Francis from Lorain, Okla., tests aircraft engine oils.

Airman David Palatox of Palo Alto, Calif., uses ship�s sound powered phones, while awaiting orders.

Airman David Palatox from Palo Alto, Calif., shields his eyes from the sun's glare during flight operations.

Hull Technician 3rd Class Jonathan Blaies from Santa Maria, Calif., welds a tin container to be used as a laundry bin.

Aviation Boatswain�s Mates direct a CH-53E �Sea Stallion� as it maneuvers for landing on the ship�s flight deck.

Airman Holly Wagoner walks cautiously beside a U.S. Maine CH-53 Sea Stallion.

Sailors assigned to USS Boxer (LHD 4) man the rails as the ship departs for deployment.

Lcpl. Mario Reyes, of Chicago, Ill says a final goodbye to his family on his cellular phone prior to boarding the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

USS Boxer (LHD 4) departs San Diego, Calif., on a deployment to the Central Command area of responsibility in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II force rotation.

Capt. Tom Crowley, Commanding Officer for the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) takes questions from local and national news media.

The crew of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) board the ship as they prepare to depart on a scheduled deployment to the Central Command area of responsibility.

Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class John K. Caroon, from Newark, Ohio, welds.

A Sailor watches Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) Eight One.

A Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) assigned to Assault Craft Unit Five (ACU-5) transports equipment.

A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) assigned to Assault Craft Unit Five (ACU-5) arrives at Kuwait Naval Base.

Cpl. Michael Carillo waits for support equipment from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

An U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion flies past the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

Crewmembers aboard a patrol craft assigned to Coast Guard Port Security Unit Three Zero Seven (PSU 307) monitor activities around Kuwait Naval Base.

A patrol craft assigned to Coast Guard Port Security Unit Three Zero Seven (PSU 307) leaves the harbor to monitor activities around Kuwait Naval Base.

Chief Warrant Officer Harold T. Clarke, of Rittman, Ohio, directs Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Joseph D. Foreman, of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, who uses a forklift to transport ammunition for offload.

Mobile sensor platforms assigned to Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit Two Zero Six (MIUW 206) provide multiple methods of surveillance of the beach and water at Kuwait Naval Base.

Personnel assigned to Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit Two Zero Six (MIUW 206) provide surveillance of the beach and water along Kuwait Naval Base in the early morning.

Crewmembers aboard a patrol craft assigned to Coast Guard Port Security Unit Three Zero Seven (PSU 307) monitor activities around Kuwait Naval Base.

US Navy and Kuwait officers cut a cake while hosting a friendship meeting aboard the ship.

Capt. Tom D. Crowley, Commanding Officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), right, U.S. Ambassador David C. Mulford, and Rear Adm. Sunil Krashanaji Damle, Flag Officer Commanding the port of Goa, join to cut a cake.

Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) �man the rails� as the ship enters Mormugao Harbor in Goa, India.

Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Thomas M. Holmberg, of Seligman, Ariz., and Intelligence Specialist Seaman Adrianna M. Moore, of Santa Clara, Calif., practice repair techniques on a prop used to simulate a ruptured pipe.

During a recent port visit to Singapore, Captain Thomas D. Crowley, Commanding Officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), thanks members of the Girl Scouts.

Gas Turbine System Electrician 3rd Class Eric M. Dominiack, of Chamberlain, S.D., plays with a child at the Singapore Children�s Society.

The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) returns to its homeport of Norfolk, Va. after a 72-day deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

Storekeeper 3rd Class Mike Warrell, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), is welcomed home by his spouse.

Capt. Nora W. Tyson, Commanding Officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), takes questions from Hampton Roads, Va., area media.

USS Boxer (LHD 4) well deck and deck department personnel help boat crews from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, practice small boat departures and arrivals.

Family and friends of the crew assigned to USS Boxer (LHD 4) wait to welcome them home.

The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) returned to San Diego after completing a three and a half month deployment.

Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Dwayne Squires talks to reporters after stepping off the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Daniel Cartagena reunites with his wife after disembarking from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

Family members await the arrival of their loved ones on the pier at Naval Station San Diego.

Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate Charles Rosenbalm reunites with his daughter after disembarking from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) returns to San Diego after completing a three and a half month deployment.

The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) returned to San Diego after completing a three and a half month deployment.

As the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) returns from a routine underway period, Sailors assigned to Naval Air Station North Island Weapons Department take part in a 21-gun salute.

Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) train on Landing Craft Utility (LCU) vehicle operations.

Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) train on Landing Craft Utility (LCU) vehicle operations.

Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Fong Sii, of Honolulu, Hawaii, dons his Oxygen Breathing Apparatus (OBA) during a recent damage control drill.

Marines assigned to the Assault Amphibian School Battalion, pilot an amphibious assault vehicle as they prepare to enter the well-deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

A Sailor assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) pushes on the hull of the ship to straighten the Captain's Gig, as it is lowered into the water.

Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), ease the Captain's Gig into the water below.

Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), heave mooring lines inside the ship's forecastle as Boxer makes her way to offload weapons prior to the ship's Planned Maintenance Availability (PIA) maintenance period.

Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), take time to give back to the community by helping the San Diego Food Bank pack boxes of food for needy families.

Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), take time to give back to the community by helping the San Diego Food Bank pack boxes of food for needy families.

Civilian contractors make repairs inside the well deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

Crash and salvage personnel check for hot spots on an aircraft during a flight deck fire drill aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

Sailors check the Countermeasure Washdown System (CMWDS) on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

A rainbow forms as a Sailor makes a final check of the Countermeasure Washdown System (CMWDS) on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) standby to assist with the transfer of fuel during an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) underway replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200).

The Texas Tech Red Raiders Marching Band performed on Naval Station 32nd Street pier 13 for the crew of the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA 1) and members of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

Commander, TRICARE West, Rear Adm. James A. Johnson, arrives aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) to speak during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day ceremony.

The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) leaves her homeport of San Diego, Calif., for her third deployment in three years.

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) underway replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) conducts a replenishment at sea with the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

A Sailor assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) assists with the transfer of fuel from the Military Sealift Command (MSC) underway replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204).

Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Chad Hughes and Gunner's Mate Seaman Gabino Martinez feed-out a line of MK-38 25mm machine gun ammunition during a training exercise aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

Gunner's Mate Seaman Gabino Martinez fires a MK-38 25mm machine gun system during a training exercise aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer's (LHD 4) Deck Department pull alongside Boxer in a rigid hull inflatable boat to execute a personnel transfer .

The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) arrives at Sasebo, Japan for a routine port visit.

A Royal Australian soldier directs the loading of an armored personnel carrier vehicle aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

A Landing Craft Air Cushion assigned to Assault Craft Unit Five (ACU-5), enters the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) to deliver Australian Army equipment in support of Exercise Talisman Saber.

A Landing Craft Air Cushion assigned to Assault Craft Unit Five (ACU-5), transports Australian Army equipment that will be used during Exercise Talisman Saber.

The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) serves as a backdrop as Commander, Amphibious Force, Seventh Fleet, Rear Adm. Victor Guillory, is interviewed by Australian media.

A Landing Craft Air Cushion assigned to Assault Craft Unit Five (ACU-5), enters the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) to deliver Australian Army equipment in support of Exercise Talisman Saber.

An Royal Australian Army cargo truck is prepared for loading aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Christopher Gunn mans the rails as the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) pulls into Malaysia.