As part of its Compliment the Boxer carries a Renforced
Battalion of United States Marines. This fact has some people wondering Whether or Not the US will launch some Form of Raid
against the Pirates. Although it is not Likely the Ship can be used to launch an Operation to Support the Transitonal Government
in Somalia as well.
However there are Two Other Crisis Spots in the Region that the Deployment
of the Boxer will create opportunites for the US to take Action if it deems to do So.
First of all is Darfur. The Indictment of President Al-Bashir has created
Backlash against the UN Peacekeeping Mission and Aid Workers. At this time there have been NO REPORTS of any DIRECT action
against the Darfuri People. However the attacks against the International Community can be seen as revenge for the Allegations.
The Second Crisis is the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There have been
Two Military Operations that have taken place in the Country over the last few weeks. One Against the FDLR (Democratic Forces
for the Liberation of Rwanda) has had some success. The Second Operation against the LRA ( Lord's Resistance Army) started
off Slowly but at this time Appears to Gaining Momentmum.
Although there has been No Suggestion that the Boxer could be
used in these Crisis Areas there are also two other pieces of Information that are Interesting:
1.) There are 2 Ticonderoga Class Cruisers on Station now ( Vella
Gulf and Monterrrey)
2.) The Eisenhower Battle Group is in the Eastern Med.
If there is any plan for a US Military Operation there is decent support
in the area for such and Operation.