The commanding officer of USS Boxer (LHD 4), Capt. Wayne R. Brown, was relieved Sept. 29 by Rear Adm. Frank L. Ponds, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, of his duties as commanding officer.
The relief stems from the results of a command investigation into Equal Opportunity concerns, and is not tied to a specific event.
Brown has been temporarily re-assigned to Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Capt. Keith Moore, deputy commodore of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1, will temporarily assume the duties as CO.
Boxer is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship homeported in San Diego.
Press Release, October 01, 2014; Image: US Navy