USS Boxer set to return home

CORONADO (CNS) – About 1,800 sailors were expected to return home to
Coronado Friday from a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific and the
Middle East.

The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer and two other ships in its ready
group will return to Naval Air Station North Island sometime this morning,
according to the U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs Office.

The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group comprises the Boxer, the amphibious
dock landing ship USS Comstock and the amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay.
The group left San Diego Feb. 22 to provide humanitarian aid, support overseas
operations and combat piracy.

“There's nothing like coming home,” said Capt. Curtis Shaub, the Boxer
Group commander, in a statement.

“For every service member who deployed in 2011, there were dozens of
parents, spouses, children, family and friends left behind who've kept the
vigil watch and pressed on with maintaining the home life until these fine men
and women could return from answering their nation's call.”

The three ships and their 1,800 sailors were accompanied on the
deployment by more than 2,000 members of Camp Pendleton's 13th Marine
Expeditionary Unit. The Marines returned home to the North County Marine Corps
installation on Thursday.

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