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USS Boxer (LHD 4)

USS BOXER is the fourth amphibious assault ship (multi-purpose) in the WASP - class and the sixth ship in the Navy to bear the name. With a construction cost of $341 million, USS BOXER is also the cheapest ship in her class.

General Characteristics:Keel Laid: 1991
Launched: August 7, 1993
Commissioned: February 11, 1995
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding , West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.
Propulsion system: two boilers, two geared turbines
Propellers: two
Aircraft elevators: two
Length: 840 feet (256 meters)
Flight Deck Width: 140 feet (42.6 meters)
Beam: 106 feet (32,.3 meters)
Draft: 26,5 feet (8.1 meters)
Displacement: approx. 40,500 tons full load
Speed: 23 knots
Aircraft: (depends upon mission)
6 AV-8B Harrier attack planesor6 AV-8B Harrier attack planes
4 AH-1W Super Cobra attack helis12 CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters
12 CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters9 CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters
9 CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters
4 UH-1N Huey helicopters
Assault:orSea Control:
42 CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters20 AV-8B Harrier attack planes
6 ASW helicopters
Well deck capacity: three LCAC or two LCU or six LCM-8 or 40 Amphibious Assault Vessels (AAV) (normal) or 61 AAVs (stowed)
Crew: Ship: 73 officers, 1,009 enlisted     Marine Detachment: 1,894
Armament: two Mk-29 NATO Sea Sparrow launchers, two 20mm Phalanx CIWS, eight Mk-33 .50 cal. machine guns, two Rolling Airframe Missile Systems
Cost: approx. $341 million
Homeport: San Diego, CA


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS BOXER. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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USS BOXER Cruise Books:


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USS BOXER's Commanding Officers:


PeriodName
1995 - October 1996Captain Robert E. Annis, USN
October 1996 - February 1998Captain J. Kevin Moran, USN
February 1998 - September 24, 1999Captain Robert C. Massey, USN
September 24, 1999 - May 2001Captain Stephen D. Doyle, USN
May 2001 - September 2002Captain Michael G. Hlywiak, USN
September 2002 - June 2004Captain Thomas D. Crowley, USN
June 2004 - December 2005Captain Thomas J. Culora, USN
December 2005 - May 2007Captain Bruce W. Nichols, USN
May 2007 - September 2008Captain Matthew J. McCloskey, USN
September 2008 - January 2010Captain Mark E. Cedrun, USN
January 2010 - presentCaptain Frank J. Michael, III, USN


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Notes of Interest:

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The photos below were taken by Ian Johnson and show the BOXER arriving at Fremantle, Australia, on April 29, 2007, for her first visit to Western Australia. The third photo was taken on May 3, 2007.



The photos below were taken by me and show the BOXER dry-docked at NASSCO in San Diego, Calif., on March 23, 2010. Undocking took place on April 1, 2010.



The photos below were taken by Shiu On Yee during USS BOXER's port visit to Hong Kong August 31 - September 3, 2011.

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The photos below were taken by me and show the BOXER at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on September 30, 2011, just a few hours after returning home from a seven-month deployment to the 7th and 5th fleet areas of operation.



The photos below were taken by me and show the BOXER at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on May 10, 2012.



The photos below were taken by me and show the BOXER arriving and berthed at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on October 3, 2012.



The photo below was taken by Lydia Perz and shows the BOXER at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on May 3, 2014.



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