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Boxer Returns to Sasebo Following JASEX

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050816-09
Release Date: 8/16/2005 8:00:00 PM

By Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class D. Arthur Jones, USS Boxer Public Affairs

ABOARD USS BOXER (NNS) -- USS Boxer (LHD 4) returned to Sasebo, Japan, Aug. 15, after successfully completing Joint Air and Sea Exercise (JASEX) 2005 with the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and elements of the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps.

Boxer had previously visited Sasebo May 17 to prepare for the highly successful exercise Talisman Saber 2005. JASEX was the third major exercise Boxer participated in since it began its deployment April 29. Boxer also participated in exercises with Malaysia during the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise.

“JASEX was a phenomenal success for Boxer,” said Lt. Cmdr. Brian Kudrna, Boxer's Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department officer. “Our Sailors shared a lot of training and valuable knowledge with the Marines. We hadn’t had Harriers on board in over three years, so this was a new experience for a lot of our junior crew members.”

While in Sasebo, Boxer Sailors will have an opportunity to visit many exciting attractions, such as the famous Shimabara hot springs, the Kumamoto castle in the heart of Kumamoto City, and the Kashima sake factory.

“I am excited to be going back to Sasebo,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Rina Avila. “My friends and I learned a lot about Japanese culture and had a great time last time we were there. The second time should be just as much fun.”

Boxer is the fourth of seven ships in the Wasp class of large deck amphibious assault ships and is capable of performing a multitude of missions in support of national interests. The “Golden Gator” is scheduled to return to its homeport of San Diego in September.


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