USS Blue Ridge Makes First Port Call in Nearly Five Years

February 7, 2019 – USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked 7th Fleet staff arrived for their first port visit to Otaru, Japan, in nearly five years, Feb 8. The port visit is also Blue Ridge’s first since completing a two-year maintenance period. It reflects the enduring strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance and 7th Fleet’s commitment to the Japanese people. During the welcoming ceremony 7th Fleet Commander, Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer expressed his deep appreciation for the opportunity to visit Otaru. ”This is a special port visit for USS Blue…

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USS Mustin Arrives in Otaru, Japan

USS Mustin (DDG 89) arrived for its third port visit to Otaru, Japan, Feb. 2. During Mustin’s time in port, the ship will conduct tours for distinguished visitors, play basketball with Otaru Meiho High School students, and participate in a Canal Clean-up downtown. Sailors also have the opportunity to help Naval Air Facility Misawa carve their ice sculpture at the 69th Annual Sapporo Snow Festival. “My crew and I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to visit Otaru during such a beautiful season of the year,” said Cmdr. Warren…

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