uss boxer (lhd 4)

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Austin Moore directs an AV-8B Harrier II from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) before it takes off from the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Jeffries/Released)

Marines, assigned to 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), board a CH-53 Sea Stallion on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is underway off the coast of Southern California completing a certification exercise (CERTEX). CERTEX is the final evaluation of the 13th MEU and Boxer ARG prior to deployment and is intended to certify their readiness to conduct integrated missions across the full spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Debra Daco/Released)

An AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter pilot and weapons controller assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (REIN) approach amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is conducting a composite training unit exercise preparing for a regularly scheduled deployment early next year. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Barker/Released)

Those Were The Days!

OK….just a little nostalgia….

Oh, how I miss the days when I was a young United States Naval Officer, like the Ensign (O-1) above, learning to drive my Navy warship!

I’d go back and do it all over again in a heartbeat!

We now return to reality….

(Photo: Ensign Christopher B. Bowen, USN, takes a bearing through a pelorus on the bridgewing of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).)