The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer passes the USS Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor on Wednesday. Navy photo

The USS Boxer amphibious ready group with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Pearl Harbor Wednesday for a port visit prior to returning to San Diego from a six-month deployment.

“It has been a successful deployment for the sailors and Marines of the Boxer ARG and 11th MEU,” said Capt. Dale Heinken, commanding officer of the Boxer. “Our team deployed to Fifth and Seventh Fleets and executed every assigned task flawlessly.”

“I am incredibly proud of them, and we look forward to a pause in our schedule to enjoy the culture and history of Hawaii as well as picking up some of our families for the return to San Diego,” said Heinken.

Before departing Hawaii, the ships will bring aboard friends and family members for a “Tiger Cruise” back to San Diego. The guests will experience shipboard life alongside their sailor or Marine while participating in events and activities while aboard.

The Boxer ready group includes the amphibious transport dock USS John P. Murtha, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry and more than 2,000 embarked Marines along with their helicopters, tiltrotors and jets.

The ships deployed in May to the Western Pacific, participating in a number of amphibious exercises, including Tiger Strike – Malaysia; CARAT Brunei; and KAMANDAG 3 – Philippines.

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Chris Jennewein

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