USS BOXER
LHD 4
  
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The Boxer (LHD 4) is the sixth Wasp-class amphibious assault ship of the United States Navy. She is the sixth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name for a British ship captured by the Americans during the War of 1812. The ship's keel was authenticated on April 8, 1991.

August 28, 1993 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Boxer was christened during a ceremony at Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Mrs. Becky Miller served as sponsor of the ship. Capt. Robert E. Annis is the prospective commanding officer.

November 21, 1994 After post-launch outfitting and testing, Ingalls delivered the PCU Boxer to the U.S. Navy.

USS Boxer was commissioned on February 11, 1995, and departed on Feb. 20 for sea trials and a voyage to its homeport in San Diego, Calif.

February 26, The Boxer anchored in Cristobal Harbor, Panama, before commencing Panama Canal transit. Port visit to Mazatlan, Mexico, from March 8-11.

March 15, USS Boxer arrived in its homeport of Naval Station San Diego after a four-week transit from Pascagoula, Miss. Commenced a two-month shipyard availability on March 26.

June 19, LHD 4 departed homeport for a 25-day underway period for Combat Systems Ship qualification Testing (CSSQT).

The amphibious assault ship completed Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART) I from July 31- Aug. 4; and CART II from Aug. 7-11.

September 1, The Boxer departed San Diego for a three-week Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I.

September 19, USS Boxer conducted its first AV-8B flight operations off the coast of southern California.

January 24, 1996 USS Boxer departed for sea trials after a three-week restricted availability.

March 12, LHD 4 entered the Long Beach Naval Shipyard for a two-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA).

May 10, USS Boxer departed shipyard for a Dependent's Day Cruise en route to Naval Station San Diego. Underway for TSTA II from May 13 through June 7. Underway for TSTA III/FEP from July 8-19.

July 26, The Boxer arrived in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a brief port visit.

August 23, The amphibious assault ship departed San Diego for magneting deperming at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

September 3, USS Boxer departed Pearl Harbor for a Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) 96-24M.

October 2, Capt. James K. Moran relieved Capt. Robert E. Annis as CO of the Boxer.

October 10, USS Boxer departed homeport for the second phase of COMPTUEX. Arrived in San Francisco on Oct. 12 for a Fleet Week, hosting more than 12,000 visitors. Underway for COMPTUEX 96-18M from Nov. 6-15.

March 24, 1997 USS Boxer departed San Diego, Calif., for its maiden deployment.

September 24, The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and the 15th MEU returned home after a six-month deployment to the western Pacific, Red Sea, Arabian Gulf And Indian Ocean. The ship traveled more than 30,000 miles and visited 11 ports in nine countries.

December 5, 1998 USS Boxer ARG, along with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, departed for its second deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

December 30, LHD 4 anchored in Victoria Harbour for a three-day visit to Hong Kong. Port visit to Singapore from January 6-11, 1999.

January 13, The Boxer anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a five-day port visit. Departing early from Thailand in support of Non-Combatant Evacuation (NEO) contingency operations during the Ethiopia/Eritrea conflict.

The amphibious assault ship anchored off the coast of Bahrain from March 1-2 and March 4-7. Port visit to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., from March 12-16.

March 27, USS Boxer anchored off Kuwait City, Kuwait, for a week-long Standdown.

April 9, USS Boxer pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a seven-day visit to Dubai. Port visit to Bali, Indonesia, from April 29 through May 4.

May 11, The Boxer arrived in Townsville, Australia, for a five-day port visit.

June 5, USS Boxer returned to Naval Station San Diego after a seven-day Tiger Cruise from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, completing the six-month deployment.

August 19, LHD 4 commenced a nine-week Preventive Maintenance Availability (PMA).

September 24, Capt. Stephen D. Doyle relieved Capt. Robert C. Massey as commanding officer of the USS Boxer.

October 18, The amphibious assault ship departed for a four-day underway period to conduct All Comers At Sea Training (ACAT). Underway for CART II from Nov. 16-19.

January 11, 2000 USS Boxer depated homeport for a 10-day Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) A. Underway for TSTA B from Jan. 19-28 and Feb. 14-18. TSTA II through March 10.

From April 3-14, the Boxer was underway for Amphibious Specialty Training (AST). Underway for Amphibious Orientation Training (AOT) from May 22-25.

May 30, USS Boxer departed Naval Station San Diego to participate in a biennial multi-national exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2000, held in Hawaiian waters.

July 13, The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group returned from successful amphibious orientation training and RIMPAC 2000 exercises with 1st Marine division, stationed in Camp Pendleton, and 3rd Marine Division, stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, respectively.

October 5, LHD 4 pulled into San Francisco, Calif., for a six-day port call to participate in Fleet Week celebration. Underway for INSURV inspection on Oct. 17.

October 30, USS Boxer departed San Diego for a 10-day COMPTUEX. Underway for ammo onload from Nov. 13-17.

December 2, The Boxer anchored off the coast of Mazatlan, Mexico, for a four-day port visit.

March 13, 2001 USS Boxer departed San Diego for a scheduled six-month deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

November 25, The Boxer entered the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) shipyard in San Diego for a four-month Drydocking Phased Maintenance Availability (DPMA).

May 6, 2002 USS Boxer underway for five days of Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART) II. Underway again for AAV Ops. from May 15-17.

June 10, The amphibious assault ship departed San Diego for TSTA A. Port visit to Mazatlan, Mexico, from June 15-18; TSTA B from June 18- July 4; TSTA II from July 8-13.

From July 24 through August 3, the Boxer participated in Joint Forces Command Exercise Millennium Challenge, off the coast of southern California. Underway for Amphibious Orientation Training (AOT) from Aug. 19-24; TSTA II from Aug. 27- Sept. 7; TSTA III from Sept. 18-27.

September 25, Capt. Thomas D. Crowley relieved Capt. Stephen D. Doyle as CO of the Boxer during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship off the coast of southern California.

October 12, USS Boxer arrived in San Francisco for a three-day port visit to participate in Fleet Week 2002.

In October, after a highy successful POTUS security operations, the Boxer conducted Underway Demonstration followed by the Final Evaluation Problem (FEP).

From Oct. 24-29, the amphibious assault ship participated in Medical Contingency Operation off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico.

January 17, 2003 USS Boxer departed Naval Station San Diego, as part of the seven ships Amphibious Task Force (ATF) West, for a surge Middle East deployment.

From Feb. 24 through March 1, the Boxer off-loaded Marines and equipment while anchored off Kuwait Naval Base.

April 1, U.S. Army Pfc. Jessica D. Lynch, captured by the Iraqis when her convoy was ambushed on March 23, was rescued from Saddam Hospital, An Nasiriyah. The daring operation by Task Force 20, including CH-46E Sea Knights from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 165, CH-53E Super Stallions and Navy SEALs, began at midnight, supported by Marines from Task Force Charlie, who staged a diversionary attack to draw away Iraqi irregulars.

On April 20, USS Boxer, along with USS Tarawa (LHA 1), USS Saipan (LHA 2), USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), USS Bataan (LHD 5) and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), operated with 26 other ships of Task Force 51 in the northern Arabian Gulf, comprising the largest concentration of amphibious power since the Korean War.

April 27, LHD 4 pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a week-long visit to Dubai.

USS Boxer operated in the Arabian Gulf for the duration of Operation Iraqi Freedom conducting coalition air control and identification, and providing sea-based support to Marine aviation units and U.S. and coalition ships in the region. Crew members also participated in mine countermeasure and small boat operations.

June 20, The Boxer arrived in Sydney, Australia, for a four-day port call. Port visit to Townsville from June 28- July 1.

July 14, The amphibious assault ship pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a three-day port call to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.

July 26, USS Boxer returned to San Diego after more than a six-month combat deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Global War on Terrorism.

October 2, The Boxer departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise. Underway for Ammo off-load from Nov. 2-7.

November 13, LHD 4 arrived in San Francisco, Calif., for a three-day port visit.

January 14, 2004 USS Boxer departed Naval Base San Diego to the Central Command Area of Responsibility (AoR) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2 force rotation. As part of the OIF 2 FR, the "Golden Gator" is providing amphibious lift for a portion of the equipment and personnel from the I Marine Expeditionary Force stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.

February 6, The amphibious assault ship pulled into Changi Naval Base for a brief port call to Singapore.

Upon arrival in the Persian Gulf, USS Boxer spent nine days, from February 19-28, offloading more than 200 U.S. Marine personnel and their equipment onto Kuwait Naval Base. In total, she transported and offloaded 16 CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 466, 150 trucks with trailers, several aircraft towing vehicles and associated support equipment, and multiple large containers of ammunition. Port visit to Dubai, U.A.E., from March 1-4.

March 9, LHD 4 pulled into Goa, India, for a three-day port call. Port visit to Singapore from March 20-23.

March 30, The Boxer arrived in Naval Base Sasebo, Japan, for a five-day port call and to exchange two landing craft air cushion (LCAC) vehicles that had been brought from San Diego. Assault Craft Unit 5 took charge of the two Sasebo LCACs, for a transport back to Camp Pendleton, Calif., for a routine overhaul.

In Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from April 16-20, the final stop before home, "Golden Gator" embarked several members of the Afloat Training Group, Pacific, to conduct the Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART), which tests her battle readiness.

April 29, USS Boxer returned to San Diego after completing three-and-a-half month deployment.

From June 7-11, the amphibious assault ship conducted deck landing qualifications and Type Training off the coast of southern California.

June 21, Capt. Thomas J. Culora relieved Capt. Thomas D. Crowley as CO of the "Golden Gator."

July 12, LHD 4 departed San Diego for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA).

September 15, The Boxer commenced a Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA) while pierside at Naval Base San Diego. Shakedown Cruise from Dec. 6-7.

December 8, USS Boxer departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

From January 18-21, 2005, the amphibious assault ship was underway off the coast of southern California for Type Training.

March 9, USS Boxer departed Naval Base San Diego for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment.

April 29, USS Boxer deployed as a clear demonstration of the Fleet Response Plan (FRP). She is expecting to participate in Exercise Talisman Sabre, a combined exercise between U.S. and Australian forces in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

May 17, LHD 4 arrived at Naval Station Sasebo, Japan, for a two-day port visit.

May 21, The amphibious assault ship pulled into White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa for a brief port call.

May 30, USS Boxer, along with USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), arrived in Darwin, Australia, to prepare for their upcoming biennial exercise, Talisman Saber 2005, a joint exercise between U.S. and Australian forces. Talisman Saber will give the crews of the U.S. warships the opportunity to work with a multinational force of more than 16,000 service members to prepare for possible real world events requiring joint operations.

June 8, The "Golden Gator" arrived in Townsville, Australia, in order to prepare for the upcoming biannual Exercise Talisman Saber 2005. Returned to Townsville on 26th for a short visit.

July 7, USS Boxer departed Changi Naval Base, Singapore, after a two-day port call. The ship is making a preparation to participate in exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), an annual series of bilateral military exercises between the United States and various Asian nations.

July 8, The amphibious assault ship moored at Port of Kuantan, Malaysia, for a four-day port visit. Inport Kuantan again from July 15-19 after completing the first phase of CARAT exercise.

August 5, LHD 4 returned to Okinawa July 30 to prepare for the third annual Joint Air and Sea Exercise (JASEX), which emphasizes training to support stability throughout the Asian-Pacific region. JASEX will be the third major exercise she has participated since the begining of deployment. During the seven–day exercise, USS Boxer, along with the USS Kitty Hawk Strike Group, U.S. Air Force 18th Wing, 5th Air Force and I Marine Air Wing, will have a unique opportunity to conduct joint training, combining carrier and amphibious operations. JASEX will be the first opportunity for the Boxer to conduct AV-8B Harrier II operations on its current deployment.

August 15, The "Golden Gator" arrived in Sasebo, Japan, for a two-day port call after wrapping up the third annual Joint Air and Sea Exercise 2005 (JASEX 05) on Aug. 13.

August 25, USS Boxer pulled into Majuro, Marshall Islands, for a four-day port visit.

September 7, LHD 4 departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor after a brief port call to embark "Tigers".

September 14, USS Boxer returned to San Diego after four-and-a-half month deployment in the western Pacific.

October 8, The amphibious assault ship pulled into San Francisco for a four-day visit to participate in the Fleet Week 2005 celebration.

December 8, Capt. Bruce W. Nichols relieved Capt. Thomas J. Culora as commanding officer of the "Golden Gator" during a ceremony aboard the ship.

December 12, LHD 4 departed homeport for three days of shipboard training and flight deck qualifications.

January 16, 2006 USS Boxer is currently off the coast of southern California as a test platform for the Unit Level Training and Assessment program. ULTRA is designed to test the ship's various training teams' capabilities and readiness.

June 6, The amphibious assault ship is currently underway making preparations for a fall deployment.

July 12, The "Golden Gator" is currently underway off the coast of southern California in preparation for a western Pacific deployment.

July 22, LHD 4 and the 15th MEU are currently participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise in the SOCAL Op. Area.

July 28, Sailors and Marines with Expeditionary Strike Group Five successfully completed their COMPTUEX off the southern California coast.

August 13, The amphibious assault ship is currently participating in the Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) off the coast of southern California.

September 13, USS Boxer departed Naval Station San Diego for a six-month deployment, with the ESG-5 and the 15th MEU, in support of the Global War on Terrorism in western Pacific and Indian Ocean.

September 23, LHD 4 ESG, along with USS Greenville (SSN 772), conducted Undersea Warfare Exercise (USWEX) in the waters around the Hawaiian Islands from Sept. 19-22. This was the fourth such USWEX that CTF 12 has coordinated so far this year. Expeditionary Strike Group Five, commanded by Rear Adm. Mark W. Balmert, pulled into Pearl Harbor on Sept. 22 to transfer command from Balmert to Capt. David Angood, commodore of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 5.

October 12, The Boxer moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a scheduled port visit.

October 28, USS Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group and the Indian navy's western Fleet began exercise Malabar 2006 Oct. 25 off the southwest coast of India. More than 6,500 U.S. Navy personnel will take part in exercise Malabar, which runs through Nov. 5.

October 31, LHD 4 ESG 5 pulled into Mumbai, India, for a three-day port visit.

November 8, USS Boxer ESG entered the U.S. 5th Fleet AoR in support of maritime security operations (MSO).

November 19, The amphibious assault ship anchored at Bahrain-Bell Sitrah for a two-day port visit to Manama.

January 8, 2007 The Boxer departed Manama, Bahrain, after a nine-day port call.

January 28, USS Boxer pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a five-day visit to Dubai. Inport Manama again from Feb. 20-25.

April 14, The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed its return to the Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group, after conducting security operations in Iraq since mid-November. The first group arrived on amphibious assault ship on April 8. It took several more days to complete the return of nearly 2,000 Marines.

May 3, The Boxer departed Fremantle, Australia, after a four-day port visit.

May 23, Capt. Matthew J. McCloskey relieved Capt. Bruce W. Nichols as CO of USS Boxer during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship. The Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group arrived in Pearl Harbor on May 22 for its final port visit.

May 31, USS Boxer returned to San Diego after a nearly nine-month extended deployment.

July 13, The amphibious assault ship is currently off the coast of southern California offloading weapons and ammunition before entering an extended maintenance period to prepare the ship for future operations.

December 12, LHD 4 returned to homeport from a two-day sea trials after completing a twelve-week Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA).

From January 10-16, 2008, USS Boxer was underway off the southern California coast preparing for its upcoming series of Unit Level Training Assessments (ULTRA) in February.

February 29, Rear Adm. Kevin M. Quinn relieved Vice Adm. Terrance T. Etnyre as a temporary Commander, Naval Surface Forces during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Boxer.

March 13, The "Golden Gator" completed a six-day certifications for flight deck and well deck operations while underway off the coast of southern California.

April 28, USS Boxer, along with various embarked units and non-governmental organizations (NGO), departed homeport en route to Latin America nations for the Pacific Phase of Continuing Promise (CP) 2008.

May 6, The amphibious assault ship arrived in Quetzal, Guatemala, for a twelve-day port visit.

May 19, LHD 4 pulled into Acajutla, El Salvador, for the second stop of Continuing Promise '08.

June 7, USS Boxer arrived in Callao, Peru, for a goodwill port visit.

June 26, USS Boxer returned to San Diego after a two-month underway period.

September 13, Capt. Mark E. Cedrun relieved Capt. Matthew J. McCloskey as commanding officer of the USS Boxer during a ceremony aboard the ship.

September 19, The amphibious assault ship returned home after a four-day underway period, during which the crew conducted training and tested a new shipboard missile guidance system. The Boxer was fitted with a prototype electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) camera integrated into the missile director system to acquire and engage targets. The system is the first of its kind in the Navy and was used during the underway to successfully fire three RIM-7 NATO Sea Sparrow missiles.

October 16, The Boxer ESG completed their ten days Expeditionary Strike Group Integration (ESGINT) Exercise, off the coast of southern California, in preparation for the upcoming deployment early next year. Marine Medium Helicopter (HMM) Squadron 163 (Reinforced), embarked aboard the Boxer, is among the first squadrons to operate the new Bell UH-1Y "Huey" helicopter.

December 1, LHD 4 departed San Diego for a Certification Exercise (CERTEX) with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

January 9, 2009 USS Boxer departed homeport for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific and Arabian Gulf.

February 19, The amphibious assault ship recently anchored off Phuket, Thailand, for a goodwill port visit.

March 8, USS Boxer assumed the role as flagship for Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, after arriving in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).

March 13, A fire broke out on the flight deck of USS Boxer at approximately 4:15 p.m., while refueling an AH-1W Super Cobra in the Gulf of Aden. Two Sailors sustained light injuries and are expected to make a full recovery within the week.

April 5, Rear Adm. Michelle Howard relieved Rear Adm. Terry McKnight as commander of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Boxer. In 1999, taking the helm of USS Rushmore (LSD 47), Howard became the first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship.

April 13, A 28-foot lifeboat from the U.S.-flagged container ship Maersk Alabama is hoisted aboard USS Boxer to be processed for evidence after the successful rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips. He was held captive by suspected Somali pirates in the lifeboat in the Indian Ocean for five days after a failed hijacking attempt off the Somali coast.

May 19, The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and 13th MEU began a weeklong ARG/Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (MEUEX) in the Gulf of Aden and ashore at Camp Lemonier in Djibouti.

June 25, LHD 4 ARG anchored off the coast of Phuket for another liberty visit to Thailand.

July 17, The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group arrived at Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a routine port call.

August 1, USS Boxer returned to Naval Base San Diego after a seven-month deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations (MSO).

January 22, 2010 Capt. Frank J. Michael relieved Capt. Mark E. Cedrun as CO of the Boxer during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

April 1, LHD 4 departed dry-dock at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) shipyards after more than a four-month Drydocking Planned Maintenance Availability (DPMA).

June 10, The "Golden Gator" returned to San Diego after completing sea trials off the coast of southern California.

July 7, USS Boxer is currently off the West Coast conducting routine operations.

September 19, The amphibious assault ship is currently underway for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment.

October 1, USS Boxer rendered assistance to sixteen passengers of a distressed boat found off the West Coast. The fiberglass motorboat had experienced engine problems on the night of Sept. 30 and had been stranded for 14 hours until lookouts aboard the Boxer spotted it.

October 16, LHD 4 is currently participating in Amphibious Squadron (Phibron)/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT), with the 13th MEU, in preparation for a deployment early next year.

November 4, USS Boxer ARG departed homeport for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of southern California.

December 7, The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group recently departed San Diego for a certification exercise (CERTEX).

February 12, 2011 The amphibious assault ship is currently conducting training exercises off the West Coast.

February 22, USS Boxer ARG departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled Middle East deployment.

March 1, LHD 4 pulled into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a routine port call.

March 25, USS Boxer Amphibious Ready Group entered the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).

April 3, The Boxer departed Salalah, Oman, after a three-day port visit.

July 14, Capt. Kevin P. Flanagan relieved Capt. Frank J. Michael as CO of USS Boxer during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship in the Gulf of Aden.

August 1, Search operations for Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) 2nd Class Matthew Bergman concluded at 6:22 p.m. local time, in the Gulf of Aden, July 29. He was reported missing July 26 after did not report for watch and a search of the ship failed to locate him.

August 22, The Boxer ARG anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a three-day port visit.

August 31, LHD 4 pulled into Hong Kong for a four-day port visit.

September 9, The amphibious assault ship arrived in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.

September 20, The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group pulled into Pearl Harbor for a scheduled port visit to pick up "Tigers".

September 30, USS Boxer returned to San Diego after a seven-month deployment.

December 14, The Defense Department has awarded General Dynamics NASSCO about $15 million to perform repairs and upgrades on the USS Boxer. The amphibious assault ship recently returned to homeport after conducting a post-deployment ammunition offload, off the coast of southern California. The work will be completed by May 2012.

January 11, 2012 The Boxer commenced a four-and-a-half month Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA).

July 19, Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman, III relieved Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt as Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC), during a change-of-command ceremony on board the LHD 4.

August 27, USS Boxer departed Naval Base San Diego for flight deck certification in the SOCAL Op. Area. Underway for sea trials and certification from Sept. 25-27; Underway again from Oct. 1-3 and on Oct. 9.

October 18, The Boxer conducted ammunition onload with the USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook, Calif., while anchored off Camp Pendleton, from Oct. 15-17; Underway for flight deck certification on Oct. 29; Underway for routine training on Nov. 13 or earlier; Underway for ammo onload from Dec. 3-7.

January 11, 2013 Capt. John E. Gumbleton relieved Capt. Kevin P. Flanagan as CO of the Boxer during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at sea.

February 4, The amphibious assault ship departed Naval Base San Diego to participate in exercise Iron Fist 2013 with elements from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF), off the coast of southern California, through Feb. 15.

From March 19-20, USS Boxer was anchored off Camp Pendleton for ammo onload.

June 11, The Boxer ARG departed San Diego for a 17-day underway to conduct Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON)/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT), with the 13th MEU, embedded into a multinational amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz 2013, with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB), Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) and Royal Canadian Navy ships.

July 8, LHD 4 departed Naval Base San Diego for an 11-day Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). Underway for CERTEX from July 26- Aug. 7.

August 23, USS Boxer departed homeport for a scheduled deployment. She is the first West Coast-based amphibious assault ship to deploy with MV-22 Osprey aircraft aboard.

August 29, The Boxer ARG arrived off the coast of Hawaii to participate in an amphibious training exercise, from Aug. 30- Sept. 1.

September 16, USS Boxer moored at Alava Pier in Subic Bay, Philippines, for a four-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2014.

October 2, The amphibious assault ship moored at Changi Naval Base for a three-day port visit to Singapore. The ARG arrived in the Central Command AoR on Oct. 12.

October 24, LHD 4 commenced offload of Marines and equipment at Arta Beach, Djibouti, for a month-long sustainment training exercises with the French military.

October 31, The Boxer participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group (RFTG) flagship HMS Illustrious (R 06), south of Salalah, Oman; Anchored in the Port of Salalah from Nov. 2-6; Entered the Arabian Gulf on Nov. 27.

December 14, USS Boxer departed Jebel Ali, U.A.E., after a week-long upkeep.

January 15, 2014 The Boxer moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Bahrain, for a five-day port call in conjunction with Bahrain International Airshow.

February 8, USS Boxer moored at Aqaba Naval Base, Jordan, for a four-day port call to conduct agricultural counter-measure washdowns of all embarked equipment.

February 12, USS Boxer moored at Container Terminal in Port of Eilat, Israel, for a five-day port visit. Departed the Central Command (CENTCOM) Area of Operation (AoO) on March 11.

March 18, The amphibious assault ship moored at Changi Naval Base, Singapore, for a three-day port call.

March 30, The Boxer ARG is currently participating in annual combined exercise Ssang Yong, off the coast of Pohang, with the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) ARG and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Flotilla Five.

April 15, LHD 4 moored at Berth K10-11 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a two-day port call to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.

April 25, USS Boxer returned to Naval Base San Diego after an eight-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

June 2, General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) was awarded a $20,7 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-4404) for the USS Boxer's Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA). Work is expected to be completed by December 2015.

June 3, The Boxer is currently underway for ammo offload off the coast of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

July 2, Capt. Wayne R. Brown relieved Capt. John E. Gumbleton as the 14th CO of Boxer during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Base San Diego.

September 29, General Dynamics NASSCO was awarded a $36,2 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-4404) for the USS Boxer's PMA.

September 29, Rear Adm. Frank L. Ponds, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, relieved of his duty Capt. Wayne Brown as the results of a command investigation into Equal Opportunity concerns. Capt. Keith Moore, deputy commodore of PHIBRON 1, assumed temporary command of the LHD 4.

October 31, Capt. Martin L. Pompeo relieved Capt. Keith G. Moore as commanding officer of the USS Boxer.