BOXESG, 13th MEU Enter 7th Fleet

USS Boxer (LHD 4)

January 28, 2009, Pacific Ocean -– USS Boxer (LHD 4) Expeditionary Strike Group (BOXESG) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) entered the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) Jan. 27, to support maritime security.

While operating in 7th Fleet, BOXESG/13TH MEU will conduct exercises and operations to support 7th Fleet’s mission maintaining peace and stability and to encourage regional cooperation.

BOXESG/13TH MEU team is a rapid response strike group available for maritime security operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, non-combatant evacuation operations, security, stability, transition and reconstruction operations, Embassy reinforcement, tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel, strike capabilities, amphibious raid capabilities, mass casualty response, and airfield and port seizure capabilities.

The strike group proved their many capabilities prior to deployment by successfully completing their Expeditionary Strike Group Integration (ESGINT), Composite Training Unit (COMPTUEX) and Certification Exercises (CERTEX).

Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194) (top) and guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) conduct an underway replenishment. Lake Champlain, as part of the Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group/13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is on a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific in support of global maritime security. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker

“The strike group and the MEU have come together as a team and are trained and ready for missions from the combatant commanders,” said Navy Capt. Pete Brennan, BOXESG’s commander and commodore of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 5. “The Sailors and Marines have put in countless hours to build a proficient and effective team that is ready for any mission, any time,” said 13th MEU Commanding Officer, Col. David W. Coffman.

BOXESG is comprised of Amphibious Squadron 5, USS Boxer (LHD 4), USS New Orleans (LPD 18), USS Comstock (LSD 45), USCGC Boutwell (WHEC 719), USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, Naval Beach Group 1, Assault Craft Unit 5, Assault Craft Unit 1, Beach Master Unit 1 and Fleet Surgical Team 5.

The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit is comprised of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (Reinforced), Combat Logistics Battalion 13 and Battalion Landing Team 1/1. (

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