Mike Schuler
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April 14, 2009

INDIAN OCEAN (April 13, 2009) The lifeboat from the Maersk Alabama is hoisted aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) to be processed for evidence after the successful rescue of Capt. Robert Phillips. Phillips was held captive by suspected Somali pirates in the lifeboat in the Indian Ocean for five days after a failed hijacking attempt off the Somali coast. Boxer is deployed as part of Boxer Amphibious Readiness Group/13th MEU supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th fleet area of responsibility. Maritime security operations help develop security in the maritime environment and compliment the counterterrorism and security efforts of regional nations. From security arises stability that results in global economic prosperity. These operations seek to disrupt violent extremistsÕ use of the maritime environment to transport personnel and weapons or serve as a venue for attack. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jon Rasmussen/Released)


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