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Boxer Arrives in Peru, Enjoys Culture Before Continuing Promise Operations Ashore

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Story Number: NNS080610-08
Release Date: 6/10/2008 1:45:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Michael E. Miller Jr., USS Boxer Public Affairs

CALLAO, Peru (NNS) -- USS Boxer (LHD 4) along with various embarked units and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) arrived in Callao, June 7, to allow the crew the opportunity to experience Peruvian culture during Continuing Promise (CP) 2008.

CP is a collaborative effort between the United States and partner militaries, NGOs and partner-nation support organizations to build strong partnerships that can be called upon in the event of a regional situation requiring cooperative solutions.

Boxer is in Peru for humanitarian civic assistance operations inland, but the free time ashore is the first and only for the crew since deploying April 28.

"I'm looking forward to trying some authentic Peruvian cuisine," said Information Systems Technician 1st Class (SW) Mario Story, a Sailor from the Pre-Commissioning Unit Makin Island (LHD 8), embarked aboard Boxer. "I hear the food is really good."

"Everyone aboard Boxer has given their all to this humanitarian mission," said Mission Commander for CP, Capt. Peter K. Dallman. "This is a well-deserved break for everyone, and what better way to kick off our equal-partnership mission in Peru, than letting the crew get off the ship, see some sights and meet the citizens here."

Continuing Promise exemplifies the U.S. Maritime Strategy, which emphasizes deploying forces to build confidence and trust among nations through collective maritime security efforts that focus on common threats and mutual interests.

For more news from USS Boxer, visit www.navy.mil/local/lhd4/.

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