Amphibious Assault Ship

LHD 4  -  USS Boxer

 

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Wasp class amphibious assault ship multi purpose

Type, Class:

 

Amphibious Assault Ship (Multi Purpose) - LHD; Wasp - class

planned and built as LHD 4

Builder:

 

Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA

STATUS:

 

Awarded: October 3, 1988

Laid down: April 18, 1991

Launched: August 13, 1993

Commissioned: February 11, 1995

ACTIVE / in service (Pacific Fleet)

Homeport:

 

San Diego, California

Namesake:

 

traditionally, see history below

Ship's Motto:

 

HONOR - COURAGE - STRENGTH

Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)

 

see: INFO > Wasp class Amphibious Assault Ship - LHD

 

ship images

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Wasp class amphibious assault ship multi purpose

San Diego, California - September 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer San Diego California 2011

San Diego, California - September 2011

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 Pacific Ocean 2011

Pacific Ocean - September 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Pearl Harbor Hawaii 2011

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - September 2011

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - September 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Pacific Ocean 2011

Pacific Ocean - September 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Indian Ocean 2011

Indian Ocean - August 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Indian Ocean 2011

Indian Ocean - August 2011

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean - August 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Wasp class amphibious assault ship

Indian Ocean - August 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer

Indian Ocean - August 2011

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 Gulf of Aden 2011

Gulf of Aden - June 2011

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 Gulf of Aden 2011

Gulf of Aden - June 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Gulf of Aden

Gulf of Aden - June 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer

Gulf of Aden - June 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer well deck LCAC Gulf of Aden

Gulf of Aden - May 2011

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 Arabian Sea replenishment 2011

Arabian Sea - April 2011

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 and T-AO 187 USNS Henry J. Kaiser Arabian Sea 2011

Arabian Sea - April 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer replenishment at sea RAS

Arabian Sea - April 2011

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 and USNS Henry J. Kaiser

Arabian Sea - April 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer AH-1W Super Cobra

Arabian Sea - April 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer flight deck Indian Ocean 2011

Indian Ocean - March 2011

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 CH-53E Super Stallion HMM-163 REIN Indian Ocean

CH-53E Sea Stallions (HMM-163) - Indian Ocean - March 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer INdian Ocean 2011 stern gate well deck

Indian Ocean - March 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean - March 2011

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 South China Sea 2011

South China Sea - March 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer South China Sea

South China Sea - March 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean - March 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer

Pacific Ocean - March 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer

Pacific Ocean - March 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Pearl Harbor Hawaii 2011

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - March 2011

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean - February 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Pacific Ocean AV-8B Harrier II

Pacific Ocean - February 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer San Diego 2011

San Diego, California - February 2011

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Pacific Ocean 2010

Pacific Ocean - December 2010

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Wasp class amphibious assault ship multi purpose

Pacific Ocean - December 2010

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer

Pacific Ocean - December 2010

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 aircraft elevator

Pacific Ocean - December 2010

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer

Pacific Ocean - December 2010

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 off California 2010

Off California - November 2010

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer well deck LCAC-65

Pacific Ocean - November 2010

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 well deck LCAC

Pacific Ocean - November 2010

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer AH-1W Super Cobras on flight deck

Pacific Ocean - November 2010

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 San Diego 2010

San Diego, California - November 2010

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer San Diego

San Diego, California - June 2010

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer San Diego dry dock 2010

San Diego, California - April 2010

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer dry dock San Diego 2010

San Diego, California - April 2010

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 well deck 2009

Pacific Ocean - July 2009

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer

Pacific Ocean - July 2009

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Wasp class amphibious assault ship

Pacific Ocean - July 2009

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer LSD-45 USS Comstock Pacific Ocean 2009

Pacific Ocean - July 2009

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer

Pacific Ocean - July 2009

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer San Diego

San Diego, California - September 2009

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer San Diego

San Diego, California - September 2009

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Indian Ocean 2009

Indian Ocean - April 2009

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 Indian Ocean 2009

Indian Ocean - April 2009

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Guam 2009

Guam - February 2009

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Gulf of Aden 2009

Gulf of Aden - April 2009

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer

Gulf of Aden - April 2009

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 Gulf of Aden 2009

Gulf of Aden - March 2009

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Pacific Ocean 2008

Pacific Ocean - December 2008

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Pacific Ocean go navy beat army

Pacific Ocean - November 2008

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer AV-8B Harrier II HMM-163 REIN

AV-8B Harrier II (HMM-163/REIN) - Pacific Ocean - October 2008

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer San Diego 2008

San Diego, California - October 2008

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer AV-8B Harrier II Pacific Ocean 2008

Pacific Ocean - October 2008

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 San Diego 2008

San Diego, California - October 2008

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer RIM-7 Sea Sparrow live firing exercise 2008

RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missile live firing exercise - September 2008

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer San Diego

San Diego, California - April 2008

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 well deck LCAC

Pacific Ocean - March 2008

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer San Diego 2007

San Diego, California - May 2007

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer North Arabian Sea 2007

North Arabian Sea - March 2007

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer

January 2007

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 Persian Gulf well deck night operations 2006

Persian Gulf - December 2006

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Persian Gulf 2006

Persian Gulf - November 2006

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Arabian Sea 2006

Arabian Sea - November 2006

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 Arabian Sea 2006

Arabian Sea - November 2006

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Indian Ocean 2006

Indian Ocean - October 2006

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer San Diego 2006

San Diego, California - September 2006

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 San Diego

San Diego, California - September 2006

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Pacific Ocean 2006

Pacific Ocean - July 2006

 

USS Boxer LHD-4

Pacific Ocean - July 2006

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Pacific Ocean 2005

Pacific Ocean - October 2005

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer San Francisco 2005

San Francisco, California - October 2005

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer San Diego

San Diego, California - September 2005

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 Pacific Ocean 2005

Pacific Ocean - September 2005

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Pearl Harbor 2005

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - September 2005

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean - August 2005

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer

Pacific Ocean - August 2005

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Shoalwater Bay Australia 2005

Shoalwater Bay, Australia - June 2005

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Australia 2005

Shoalwater Bay, Australia - June 2005

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Shoalwater Bay Australia 2005

Shoalwater Bay, Australia - June 2005

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 Shoalwater Bay 2005

Shoalwater Bay, Australia - June 2005

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer LCAC well deck

Pacific Ocean - May 2005

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer LCAC well deck 2005

Pacific Ocean - May 2005

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Sasebo 2005

Sasebo, Japan - May 2005

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer San Diego 2005

San Diego, California - April 2005

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer well deck stern gate

San Diego, California - June 2004

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 San Diego 2004

San Diego, California - April 2004

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer San Diego 2004

San Diego, California - April 2004

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Arabian Gulf 2004

Arabian Gulf - February 2004

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer North Island California 2004

North Island, California - January 2004

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 San Diego 2003

San Diego, California - July 2003

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer San Diego 2003

San Diego, California - July 2003

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer

San Diego, California - July 2003

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 Operation Enduring Freedom OEF 2003

Operation Enduring Freedom - February 2003

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Pacific Ocean 2003

Pacific Ocean - January 2003

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer San Diego 2003

San Diego, California - January 2003

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer

San Diego, California - January 2003

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer 2001

underway - September 2001

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Pearl Harbor Hawaii 2000

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - June 2000

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer AV-8B Harrier II take off flight deck 1998

Pacific Ocean - December 1998

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer CH-46 Sea Knight Pacific Ocean 1998

Pacific Ocean - December 1998

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 off Pearl Harbor Hawaii 1998

off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - August 1998

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer 1998

underway - January 1998

 

USS Boxer LHD-4 Pascagoula Mississippi 1994 Ingalls

Pascagoula, Mississippi - December 1994

 

LHD-4 USS Boxer Ingalls shipbuilding Pascagoula Mississippi 1993

Pascagoula, Mississippi - October 1993

 

 

Namesake & History:

The sixth ship to carry the name BOXER would be the fourth ship of the Wasp class multi-purpose amphibious assault ship (LHD). Fabrication work for LHD 4 began at Litton-Ingalls in Pascagoula, Miss. July 9, 1990. The ship’s keel was authenticated April 8, `99` and the ship was launched Aug. 13, 1993. The ship was officially christened the USS Boxer (LHD 4) Aug. 28, 1993. After post-launch outfitting and testing, Ingalls delivered the ship to the U.S. Navy Nov. 21, 1994. Boxer began its service to the Navy as its fourth LHD Feb. 11, 1995 almost four years after its construction began.


The First Boxer

The first Boxer in American history was actually Her Majesty’s British Ship (HMBS) Boxer, a Brig of 14 guns with a keel measuring 98 feet in length and just over 28 feet in width. Commanded by Captain Blyth, HMBS Boxer was sailing off the coast of Portland, Maine Sep. 5, 1813 when she was met by USS Enterprise, commanded by Lieutenant William Burrows. The fight that ensued was heroic for both ships, and in the end Boxer’s crew surrendered her to U.S. forces.

In January 1815, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry endeavored to build a squadron of four ships to aid fighting in the Mediterranean resulting from the War of 1812. The newly refurbished HMBS Boxer – renamed USS Boxer – would be one of these ships. The USS Boxer was launched May 17, 1815 with a new array of fourteen 32-pound cannons and two long 9-pound cannons. She was first commanded by Lieutenant John Porter who sailed her to the Mediterranean to join Commodore Perry’s squadron.


The Second Boxer

The second Boxer was the first USS Boxer built from the keel up. Constructed as a schooner, the second Boxer – sister ship to the fourth Enterprise – was launched Nov. 22, 1831 at the Boston Navy yard. The ship was 99 feet long, 23 feet wide, had a battery of 10 guns and cost the Navy $30,697 to build. The USS Boxer served the Navy for 17 years, sailing the seas of the world until decommissioning in 1848.


The Third Boxer

The third Boxer was an English-built iron “side-wheeled” steamer and was originally known as the Tristam Shanty. It measured 222 feet in length and 23 feet in width. The Tristam Shanty was used by the Confederate military to run blockades the U.S. had established during the Civil War. However, she was captured by the USS Kansas May 15, 1864, then purchased by the Navy from the Boston Prize Court and commissioned into service as the USS Boxer Aug. 12, 1864.


The Fourth Boxer

The fourth Boxer was a training brigantine launched Oct. 11, 1904 by Portsmouth Navy Yard in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, sponsored by Miss Helen Drury. The ship was commissioned May 11, 1905 with Lieutenant Hillary H. Royall in command. Until Oct. 20, 1912 Boxer served as a training vessel at Naval Training Station, Newport, R.I. Boxer then shifted to the U.S. Naval Academy where she remained until June 25, 1914 when she returned to Newport. Boxer continued in service at Newport until she transferred to the Department of the Interior May 14, 1920.


The Fifth Boxer

USS Boxer (CV 21), a Ticonderoga/Essex-class Light Aircraft Carrier was the fifth American warship to carry the name Boxer. CV 21 was first laid down by Newport News Shipyards Sept. 13, 1943, and was launched Dec. 14, 1944 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. The ship was commissioned April 16, 1945, with Captain D. F. Smith as her first commanding officer. Completed too late to take part in World War II, Boxer joined the Pacific Fleet at San Diego in August, 1945.

 

USS Boxer (LHD 4):

 

The sixth USS Boxer (LHD-4) is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship of the United States Navy. She is the sixth US Navy ship to bear the name, and was named for a British ship captured by the Americans during the War of 1812.

Boxer was constructed at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, launched 13 August 1993, and commissioned 11 February 1995. She immediately left for San Diego, California via the Panama Canal, and although she was designed to fit the Canal, her bridge wing and other smaller components were sheared off in the transit.

After minor repairs and system checkout, Boxer deployed to the Western Pacific 24 March 1997 to 24 September 1997, along with Ogden and Fort Fisher, and visited many foreign ports of call. Boxer also participated in RIMPAC the following year, then on 5 December 1998 deployed again to the Western Pacific.

Boxer deployed again to the Western Pacific, Persian Gulf and Red Sea on 14 March 2001 in support of Operation Northern Watch. She visited Singapore, Thailand, Guam, Jebel Ali, Bahrain, and Jordan, returning to the United States on 14 September 2001, just three days after the attacks of 11 September 2001.

In 2003, as a result of the impending war and need for troops in Iraq, Boxer found herself deploying yet again, this time six months ahead of schedule. This was a six month deployment in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She deployed with six other ships from San Diego, CA on 17 January 2003: USS Bonhomme Richard, USS Anchorage, USS Cleveland, USS Comstock, USS Dubuque and USS Pearl Harbor.

She returned to the United States on 26 July 2003.

Also in 2003 she won the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for the Pacific Fleet.

In another early deployment to become known as a surge deployment, Boxer steamed alone from San Diego on 14 January 2004 to support on the ongoing rebuilding efforts in Iraq, dubbed Operation Iraqi Freedom II. She delivered equipment and supplies to Kuwaiti Naval Base in the northern Persian Gulf for the continuing support of the post-war rebuilding of Iraq. She returned home on 29 April 2004.

The USS Boxer was deployed with the 15th MEU from its San Diego port on 13 September 2006. It arrived to Iraq in November and returned to dock in San Diego on 31 May 2007.

From 20 April 2008 to 26 June 2008, Boxer conducted a humanitarian mission in Central and South America.


Anti-Piracy Task Force:

The Boxer is designated as the flagship of Combined Task Force 151, the international anti-piracy task force pursuing pirates off the coast of Somalia.

On 10 April 2009, the USS Boxer was en route to assist USS Bainbridge and the USS Halyburton in negotiating the release of Richard Phillips, captain of U.S. flagged container ship MV Maersk Alabama who was held hostage by Somali pirates 300 miles off the Horn of Africa. On 12 April 2009 Captain Phillips was freed during a US Navy assault. Three of the Somali pirates were killed, and one was captured. Captain Phillips was transported to the USS Boxer for medical examination and rest. Around 1 May 2009, the USS Boxer assisted around 200 members of the German special operations unit GSG-9 get close to the hijacked German container ship Hansa Stavanger. During the last phase of the operation President Barack Obama's security advisor James Jones withheld final approval for the operation out of concern for the safety of the 25 sailors aboard the vessel. This led to the decision by the German department of defense and the German department of the interior to abort the planned attack on the freighter for now and the GSG-9 unit, which is under the command of the German secretary of the interior, returned to their base of operations at the airport of Mombassa, Kenya. It is rumored that the German department of defense influence and contacts to James Jones led to the U.S. decision to withdraw from the scene.

The ship returned to San Diego on August 1, 2009. During its transit of the Pacific 69 of the sailors and Marines aboard the ship contracted Swine influenza, forcing the cancellation of a planned "Tiger Cruise" from Hawaii to meet the ships for several hundred relatives and friends.

The ship, with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, departed San Diego 22 February 2011 for a seven-month deployment in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Accompanying the ship on the deployment were the USS Green Bay (LPD-20) and USS Comstock (LSD-45).

 

source: wikipedia

 

patches

 

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LHD-4 USS Boxer cruise patch

 

 

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