PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- After stopping in Hawaii for a one-day port visit, USS Boxer (LHD 4), commanded by Capt. Thomas J. Culora, departed Pearl Harbor Sept. 7 and began the final leg of her journey home.
While in Pearl Harbor, Boxer's crew picked up family and friends who will accompany them en route to the ship's homeport in San Diego during a seven-day "Tiger Cruise."
A "Tiger Cruise" is an opportunity for Sailors' family and friends to experience a week of Navy life underway. Tigers learn about all aspects of the ship by completing tailored qualifications and going on tours.
"My mother flew in for the tiger cruise, and I was able to share a lot of the naval history I am proud of with her," said Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Michael Dugan, of Sacramento, Calif.
Boxer is completing her third deployment in three years. During the course of the deployment, the ship participated in a number of events, including underway replenishments with foreign ships, hovercraft troop landings with Australian and Malaysian forces using numerous Landing Craft, Air Cushion, and AV-8B Harrier operations. Boxer closed her deployment with air envelope testing with CH-53D helicopters.
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