The US Navy’s Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) has successfully concluded a seven-month deployment to the US 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations.
Following the completion of the deployment, sailors and marines and of the Boxer ARG and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) returned to their homeport of San Diego.
The ARG/MEU deployment involved over 4,500 sailors and marines who conducted training in Djibouti, Brunei, the Philippines, Malaysia, Kuwait, and Jordan.
During the deployment, personnel carried out maritime security operations and theatre security cooperation.
Deployment of the maritime assets and personnel was intended to promote regional security and stability.
Amphibious Squadron 5 commander captain Jason Burns said: “The ARG and MEU team trained hard for this deployment and proved we were ready to operate together as a cohesive team across the world as America’s forward-deployed crisis-response force.
“From Bahrain to Jordan and the Philippines, we safely executed multiple exercises with our allied partners in the region. I am extremely proud of our sailors and marines and privileged to have had the opportunity to share this deployment with them.”
The Boxer ARG units participated in multilateral exercises with allies to enhance partnerships and increase combat readiness and crisis response.
Exercises included Tiger Strike with Malaysia, KAMANDAG 3 with the Philippines, and Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training with Brunei.
Units of the Boxer ARG include amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), and San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS John P Murtha (LPD 26).