The amphib is docked at Naval Base San Diego, where it's undergoing routine maintenance.
The lighter ships will help the Navy and Marine Corps "meet new challenges," including sea-control-and-denial operations.
The USS Boxer held a family day underway on March 9.
The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan, its crew and roughly 2,200 Marines aboard are moving to the Middle East.
The ship was pierside at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, where it's undergoing maintenance.
As carrier maintenance issues mount, the Navy is considering loading up amphibious assault ships with F-35Bs.
Navy warship is getting a laser five times stronger than the one the service has tested in the past.
The Senate Armed Services Committee's budget plan would restore some funding for Navy warships that Marines say they need .
Navy officials have identified the woman who died aboard a ship during a port stop in Spain as Lt. Kaylie Ludwig.
An investigation is underway aboard a Navy ship after a sailor was found dead during a stop in Spain.