USS Boxer: in Gulf of Aden

Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, a Somali insurgent who was held in secret on a U.S. Navy ship was arraigned July 5 in Manhattan Federal Court and accused of acting as a "conduit" to Al Qaeda according to an indictment unsealed yesterday by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

The accused terrorist pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, and Federal Judge Colleen McMahon ordered him held without bail in a proceeding sealed from public view .

The military captured Warsame on April 19, and then put him aboard a Navy warship, where he was interrogated at sea by intelligence officials.
The Military Sealift Command replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO-193) refuels USS Boxer (LHD-4) during a refueling at sea. Boxer is the flagship of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group deployed with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU). (March 24, 2011). Walter S. Diehl serves in the United States Pacific Fleet, seeing service in the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf regions.

110620-ZS026-N-207 GULF OF ADEN (June 20, 2011) Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) steams through the Gulf of Aden in preparation for a underway replenishment-at-sea with Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3). Boxer is underway supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
USS BOXER, Gulf of Aden – Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) responded to a distress call from Bahamian-flagged, Greek-owned bulk carrier merchant vessel (M/V) Sunshine, providing emergency medical care to the ship’s master, June 20.

BOXARG is comprised of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45).

BOXARG, with embarked 13th MEU, is deploying to the western Pacific and Central Command's areas of operation with the ability to accomplish a variety of missions supporting the Navy's maritime strategy including combat missions, humanitarian assistance, counter piracy and promoting peace and stability in the region.

The more than 4,000 personnel include nearly 1,800 sailors and 2,200 embarked Marines from 13th MEU, which is led by Col. David Coffman, U.S. Marine Corps. BOXARG/13th MEU can operate as a combined expeditionary strike group or deploy assets to provide support for multiple missions.

Other elements of the BOXARG include: Fleet Surgical Team 3; Tactical Air Control Squadron 11; Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23, Detachment 5; Assault Craft Unit 1, Detachment C; Assault Craft Unit 5, Detachment C and Beach Master Unit 1, Detachment E.

United States Naval Ship or USNS is the prefix designation given to non-commissioned ships that are property of the United States Navy. These are usually auxiliary support vessels owned by the US Navy and operated by Military Sealift Command that are in service and crewed by civilians rather than Navy personnel.

The Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3), right, refuels the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), 110612-N-ZS026-001 Location:GULF OF ADEN, AT SEA 06.06.2011

Adm. William McRaven, who is taking over the U.S. Special Operations Command, was asked last week during his confirmation hearings what the United States does with insurgents captured outside Afghanistan.

"In many cases, we will put them on a naval vessel and we will hold them until we can either get a case to prosecute them in U.S. court," send them to a third country or release them, McRaven said

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