An AV-8B Harrier II prepares to land on the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) while operating in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joe Bishop)

PACIFIC OCEAN - The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (BOXARG) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) Sept. 5.

BOXARG consists of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

"We are thrilled to have this opportunity to strengthen relationships with our allies and partners in this dynamic region," said Capt. Malcolm Potts, commodore of Amphibious Squadron One (PHIBRON 1). "We share interests and values with many throughout the vast areas of the Pacific, and we look to build upon our relationships and common understanding of each other's strengths. We look forward to continuing the long and distinguished Navy and Marine Corps history of operating throughout the Pacific and being Ambassadors for the United States."

While in the 7th Fleet, the BOXARG will conduct exercises and port visits to enhance maritime partnerships and promote peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

The U.S. 7th Fleet AOR spans 48 million square miles, from the International Date Line to the Western Indian Ocean.

The BOXARG will participate in various exercises and events highlighting the longstanding military partnership and enduring friendship between the United States and its allies.

Boxer left its homeport of San Diego, Aug. 23 for a scheduled deployment to the 7th Fleet and U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Boxer's last deployment to 7th Fleet was in 2011.

The BOXARG follows in the wake of countless ships, aircraft and Sailors that deployed to the region over the past 100 years, continuing the Navy's ongoing commitment to maintain security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.