GULF OF ADEN– (Sept. 15, 2019) Above is a photo of Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kurtis Barlow, from Fruita, Colo., assigned to 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), plays the violin during a change-of-command ceremony in the hangar bay of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). During the ceremony, Capt. Dale Heinken relieved Capt. Ronald Dowdell as the ship’s commanding officer. Boxer is part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander C. Kubitza/Released)