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An aerial high oblique starboard side view of the amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4) underway on sea trials

An aerial high oblique port bow view of the amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4) underway during sea trials

An aerial stern-on view of the amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4) underway during sea trials

An aerial high oblique stern view of the amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4) underway during sea trials

An aerial port beam view of the amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4) underway during sea trials

An aerial bow-on view of the amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4) underway during sea trials

An aerial starboard quarter (135 degrees off centerline) view of the amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4) underway during sea trials

An aerial bow-on view of the amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4) underway during sea trials

An oblique aerial starboard quarter view of the amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4) underway during sea trials

An aerial starboard beam view of the amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4) underway during sea trials

An aerial port bow view (45 degrees off centerline) of the amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4) underway during sea trials

An aerial starboard bow (45 degrees off center line) view of the amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4) underway during sea trials

An aerial port quarter view (135 degrees off centerline) view of the amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4) underway during sea trials

An aerial high oblique port quarter view of the amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4) underway during sea trials

An aerial high oblique starboard quarter view of the amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4) underway during sea trials

An aerial high oblique portside beam view of the amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4) underway during sea trials

United States Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicles from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit of Camp Pendleton "invade" the shores of Bellows Air Force Station, in Hawaii. The vehicles were disembarked by the USS BOXER Amphibious Ready Group as part of a training exercise enroute to a six-month tour in the Western Pacific. Bellows AFS is primarily used as a recreation site for military personnel, but is ideal and often used for amphibious training

United States Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicles from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit of Camp Pendleton "invade" the shores of Bellows Air Force Station in Hawaii. The vehicles were disembarked by the USS BOXER Amphibious Ready Group as part of a training exercise enroute to a six-month tour in the Western Pacific. Bellows AFS is primarily used as a recreation site for military personnel, but is ideal and often used for amphibious training

An aerial starboard bow view of the Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship (multipurpose) USS BOXER (LHD 4) underway as sea

USS Boxer (LHD 4)

Hospital Corpsman Third Class (HM3) Jacob Davenport, US Navy, Fleet Marine Force (FMF), prepares to give an Anthrax vaccine shot to a US Marine deployed with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC) aboard USS BOXER (LHD-4) during a Western Pacific deployment, WestPac 99-1

Marines from the Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), US Marine Corps, conduct fastrope training from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter onto the flight deck of the USS BOXER (LHD 4) to maintain their proficiency during a Western Pacific deployment, WestPac 99-1. A second CH-46E is parked on flight deck

A US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (Reinforced) (HMM-364), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC) takes off from the flight deck of the USS BOXER (LHD 4) during routine flight operations. A CH-46E Sea Knight is parked on elevator. Western Pacific deployment, WestPac 99-1

Marines from the Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), US Marine Corps, conduct fastrope training from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter onto the flight deck of the USS BOXER (LHD 4) to maintain their proficiency during a Western Pacific deployment, WestPac 99-1

Marines from the Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), US Marine Corps, conduct fastrope training from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter onto the flight deck of the USS BOXER (LHD 4) to maintain their proficiency during a Western Pacific deployment, WestPac 99-1

United States Marine Corps Corporal (CPL) Frank Guardado from North Ridge, California, assigned to Weapons Company (WCO), Battalion 2/1, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Special Operations Capable (SOC), mans an M-60 machine gun on the starboard aft elevator, aboard the USS BOXER (LHD 4)

A high aerial port view of the Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship (multipurpose) USS BOXER (LHD 4) underway at sea

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

A US Navy (USN) Sailor piers out the ships mooring line eye as the USN WASP CLASS: Amphibious Assault Ship, USS BOXER (LHD 4) prepares for deployment from its home port at San Diego, California (CA) to support Operation SOUTHERN WATCH

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

A Sailor aboard USS Boxer glances through a port hole

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.

A port side view of the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS; Amphibious Assault Ship, USS BOXER (LHD 4), underway at sea conducting operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Navy (USN) war ships carrying troops and equipment underway way at sea during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Pictured left-to-right are the WASP CLASS; Amphibious Assault Ship, USS BOXER (LHD 4), an unidentified Military Sealift Command (MSC), MARS CLASS: Combat Store Ship (AFS), and a unidentified ANCHORAGE CLASS: Dock Landing Ship (LSD)

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).

Aerial view of US Navy (USN) Ships assigned to Amphibious Task Force-West (ATF-W) underway in the Gulf of Oman, transporting personnel, supplies, and equipment to Kuwait, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Pictured are the USN Wasp Class: Amphibious Assault Ships, USS BON HOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) and the USS BOXER (LHD 4); the USN Austin Class: Amphibious Transport Docks, USS DUBUQUE (LPD 8) and USS CLEVELAND (LPD 7); the USN Whidbey Island Class: Dock Landing Ship, USS COMSTOCK (LSD 45); the USN Anchorage Class: Dock Landing Ship, USS ANCHORAGE (LSD 36); and the USN Harpers Ferry Class: Dock Landing Ship, USS PEARL HARBOR LSD 52); also the USN Military Sealift Command (MSC) Henry J....

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

Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One (MDSU-1) diver Boatswain�s Mate 2nd Class William Feser, of San Diego, Ca., surfaces with an underwater camera while documenting an area of USS Boxer�s (LHD-6) hull

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.

Two US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopters are aboard the Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship, USS BOXER (LHD 4) for a quick refuel while conducting aerial exercises over the Persian Gulf during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. (SUBSTANDARD)

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

US Navy (USN) Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC) Two Three (LCAC 23), embarked onboard the Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship, USS BOXER (LHD 4), comes ashore aboard Kuwait Naval Base (KNB), Kuwait (KWT), to offload equipment during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. (SUBSTANDARD)

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

A US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopter (foreground) lands behind a parked USMC CH-46E Sea Knight cargo helicopter (background) for a quick refueling aboard the Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship, USS BOXER (LHD 4) while conducting aerial exercises over the Persian Gulf during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. (SUBSTANDARD)

A US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopter has just landed aboard the Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship, USS BOXER (LHD 4) for a quick refuel while conducting aerial exercises over the Persian Gulf during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Navy (USN) Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC) Two Three (LCAC 23), embarked onboard the Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship, USS BOXER (LHD 4), is underway to Kuwait Naval Base (KNB), Kuwait (KWT), to offload equipment during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

Three US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopters are parked aboard the Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship, USS BOXER (LHD 4) in preparation for aerial exercises over the Persian Gulf during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

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

A US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopter prepares to land aboard the Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship, USS BOXER (LHD 4) for a quick refuel while conducting aerial exercises over the Persian Gulf during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. (SUBSTANDARD)

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

A US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron Four Six Six (HMH-466, The Wolfpack), flies past the US Navy (USN) Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship, USS BOXER (LHD 4) at anchor in the Persian Gulf, after delivering equipment to the 1ST Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), at Camp Doha, Kuwait (KWT), in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

A US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopter prepares to land aboard the Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship, USS BOXER (LHD 4) for a quick refuel while conducting aerial exercises over the Persian Gulf during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

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.