USS Boxer and ready group deploy from San Diego

SAN DIEGO - The amphibious ready group led by the USS Boxer will deploy from Naval Station San Diego to the Western Pacific and Middle East,  the Navy announced Thursday.

The group, scheduled to deploy Friday,  includes the 847-foot-long amphibious assault ship USS Boxer, 684-foot amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans and the 610-foot amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry, according to the Navy.

"We've had a very rigorous training cycle to prepare us to execute any mission when called upon,' said Capt. Malcolm Potts, the commander of Amphibious Squadron 1 and the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group. "I am awed and impressed by the ingenuity, creativity, and industriousness of the 4,200 dedicated sailors and Marines that serve on our ships.'

About 2,400 Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit based at Camp Pendleton will be aboard the ships, according the the Navy.

The group was scheduled to deploy Friday at 8 a.m.

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