The USS Boxer in the Pacific Ocean on Feb. 17. Navy photo

The 4,500 San Diego-based sailors and Marines aboard the USS Boxer and two accompanying ships are now in the 7th Fleet area of operations, the Navy reported Monday.

“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 Marine Expeditionary Unit.

The 7th Fleet area stretches from the international date line to the India-Pakistan border, and from the Kuril Islands in the north to the Antarctic in the south. It’s an area with half of the world’s population.

“This is a vibrant, diverse and vital region of the world with immense importance to global security,” said Capt. Keith Moore, commodore of Amphibious Squadron 1. “I am looking forward to making new friends as we work with our regional partners to improve cooperation and readiness.”

The Boxer amphibious ready group is comprised of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer, amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans and amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry. The ships left San Diego Feb. 12.

The Marines aboard the ships are a sea-based force capable of conducting amphibious combat missions as well as providing humanitarian assistance.

Marines train aboard the USS New Orleans in the Pacific Ocean. Marine Corps photo
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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.