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USS Boxer to Surge Deploy in Support of Combined Exercise

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Story Number: NNS050430-01
Release Date: 4/30/2005 9:03:00 AM

From U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- For the third time in three years, USS Boxer (LHD 4) will deploy April 29 as a clear demonstration of the Fleet Response Plan (FRP). Implemented by the Chief of Naval Operations, the FRP allows the Navy to be responsive in an uncertain world.

Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, is capable of supporting both air and land-based operations, and expects to participate in Exercise Talisman Sabre, a combined exercise between U.S. and Australian forces in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

According to Boxer’s operations officer, Cmdr. Mark Volpe, the ship may also participate in other operations and exercises while in 7th Fleet. Volpe expressed confidence in the crew and the ship to support the Fleet Response Plan.

“The crew is ready and looking forward to the challenges of the deployment,” he said. “The ship and crew are making preparations and will be ready to go when the time comes.”

Previously, Boxer deployed in January 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, returning in July 2003. Boxer deployed again six months later in January 2004 in support of the Operation Iraqi Freedom force rotation. The ship returned in late April 2004.

Commanded by Capt. Thomas J. Culora, Boxer is the fourth ship in the Wasp-class of multipurpose amphibious assault ships.

“The men and women on Boxer are committed to meeting every challenge,” said Culora.

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