Boxer ARG, 13th MEU Arrive in 7th Fleet
Area of Operations
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Craig Z.
Rodarte, USS Boxer (LHD 4) Public Affairs.
Pacific Ocean – (NNS)
– February 29, 2016 – The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit
(13th MEU) team began operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, Feb.
"The Boxer ARG, 13th MEU team has trained hard and is ready to enter the
complex 7th Fleet operating area," said Capt. Keith Moore, commodore of
Amphibious Squadron 1. "This is a vibrant, diverse and vital region of the world
with immense importance to global security. I am looking forward to making new
friends as we work with our regional partners to improve cooperation and
Amphibious assault ship USS
Boxer (LHD 4) transits the Pacific Ocean
While forward deployed to 7th Fleet, the ARG-MEU team will participate in
exercise Ssang Yong 2016, work to strengthen ties with allies, deter conflict,
and conduct operations in support of the Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Strategy.
"Few regions in the world are as important to America's interest as the
Pacific and 7th Fleet's area of responsibility," said Col. Anthony Henderson,
commanding officer of the 13th MEU. "The Boxer ARG, 13th MEU team contributes to
the security and stability of our partners and allies throughout the region by
engagement and cooperation. Yes we are trained and ready across the spectrum of
contingencies and potential crisis, but just as important our presence shows our
The 7th Fleet AOR spans more than 124 million square kilometers stretching
from the international date line to the India-Pakistan border, and from the
Kuril Islands in the North to the Antarctic in the South encompassing 36
maritime countries and half of the world's population.
Boxer ARG is comprised of Amphibious Squadron (COMPHIBRON) 1, amphibious
assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans (LPD
18) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49).
The 13th MEU is comprised of a ground combat element, Battalion Landing Team
2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment; an aviation combat element, Marine Medium
Tiltrotor Squadron 166 (Reinforced); a logistics combat element, Combat
Logistics Battalion 13; and a command element.
While deployed, the ARG/MEU team serves as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis
response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range
of military operations.
The mission of the Boxer ARG is to help provide deterrence, promote peace and
security, preserve freedom of the seas and provide humanitarian assistance/disaster
response as well as support the Navy's Maritime Strategy when forward deployed.
The mission of the 13th MEU is to provide a forward-deployed, flexible
sea-based Marine Air Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious
operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations, including
enabling the introduction of follow on forces and designated special operations
in order to support the theater requirements of geographic combatant commanders.
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