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Homecoming: Boxer Amphibious Ready Group

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The sailors and Marines of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group returned to San Diego Friday, capping off an eight-month deployment to the Western Pacific and the Persian Gulf.

The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer, amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans and amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry left Naval Base San Diego Aug. 23. Also deployed were personnel from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the "Black Jacks" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21, Detachment 3, and detachments from Assault Craft Unit 1 and 5, according to the Navy.

The sailors and Marines undertook numerous maritime security operations, seven major theater security cooperation efforts and other operational support missions.

"This team of well-trained professionals served the country honorably throughout the deployment," said Capt. Malcolm Potts, commander of Amphibious Squadron 1. "It has been an absolute pleasure leading these outstanding sailors and Marines as they carried out numerous expeditionary operations in support of our nation."

The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group's deployment also marked the first west coast Amphibious Ready Group to bring a complement of MV-22 Ospreys, operating together for the first time with the UH-1 Iroquois command/control helicopter and the AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter, Navy officials said.

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