USN, RAN, JMSDF & ROK Navy Launch Inaugural Exercise Pacific Vanguard

May 22, 2019 – In a first of its kind event, maritime forces from Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea and the United States arrived in Guam, May 22, to conduct cooperative maritime training in Exercise Pacific Vanguard. Pacific Vanguard brings together more than 3,000 Sailors from four Indo-Pacific nations to sharpen skills and strengthen practical cooperation at sea. The exercise takes place on Guam and around the Marianas Island Range Complex. “Pacific Vanguard joins forces from four, like-minded maritime nations that provide security throughout the Indo-Pacific based on shared values…

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Community Leaders Embark Blue Ridge as 7th Fleet Flagship Returns to Guam

May 19, 2019 – A group of civic and government leaders embarked and toured USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), as the 7th Fleet flagship made a port call to Naval Base Guam May 20. Blue Ridge Sailors provided an overview tour of the ship to the 16 guests, giving them an idea of life and operations aboard the ship. “Personally, I feel as though this is a great experience, both for the guests who embarked and for us as a crew,” said Blue Ridge Commanding Officer Capt. Eric Anduze. “We…

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7th Fleet Flagship USS Blue Ridge Returns to Singapore

May 6, 2019 – U.S. 7th Fleet flagship, USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), arrived in Singapore for a port visit May 6, marking the ship’s first visit to the Lion City in more than three years. The flagship’s visit underscores a strong navy partnership with the Republic of Singapore Navy based on regular U.S. Navy ship visits, professional exchanges and longstanding participation in exercises, such as CARAT, Pacific Griffin, SEACAT and RIMPAC. RSN also participates in combined operations, such as multi-national counter-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aiden as part…

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USS Blue Ridge Visits Thailand

April 2, 2019 – U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Laem Chabang for a port visit, April. 3. During the visit, 7th Fleet will host counterparts from the Royal Thai Navy for professional exchanges, while the crew will have opportunities to explore the area during tours and community relations projects alongside local citizens. The 7th Fleet band will play several public concerts in Bangkok and Pattaya. The visit reflects nearly 200 years of friendly U.S.-Thai relations, a longstanding security alliance and enduring navy-to-navy partnership. Several…

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US Navy Arrives in Langkawi for LIMA 2019

March 24, 2019 – U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) arrived in Langkawi, March 25, ahead of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition. U.S. Navy ships have visited Malaysia for decades, and this visit during LIMA is part of a regular series of port visits, exchanges and exercises with the Royal Malaysian Navy. This port visit, along with bilateral exercises like Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) and humanitarian assistance missions like Pacific Partnership, are the latest reflections…

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US Navy Returns to Flying Union Jack

February 21, 2019 – The Navy on Feb. 21 released a NAVADMIN 039/19 directing the display of the union jack instead of the first Navy jack aboard Navy ships and craft. U.S. Navy ships and craft will return to flying the union jack effective June 4, 2019. The date for reintroduction of the union jack commemorates the greatest naval battle in history: the Battle of Midway, which began June 4, 1942. “Make no mistake: we have entered a new era of competition. We must recommit to the core attributes that…

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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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More than 38,000 Guests Visit Fleet Activities Yokosuka for Friendship Day

More than 38,000 people braved Japan’s summer heat to visit U.S. Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka for the installation’s annual Friendship Day festival, Aug. 4. This year marked the 42nd time this base, just 36 miles south of Tokyo, opened its gates for the summer event. Visitors enjoyed sampling American food and watching a variety of entertainment at Yokosuka venues, but this year’s big draws rested at FLEACT Yokosuka’s waterfront where visitors got a chance to tour ships of both the 7th Fleet’s Forward Deployed Naval Forces and a ship from…

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U.S. Navy’s Oldest Operational Ship Completes Dry Dock Maintenance

U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) undocked and moored pierside at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka after completing a scheduled extended dry-dock selected restricted availability (EDSRA) maintenance period on Jan. 21. During the 19-month EDSRA, the ship underwent major structural modifications and upgrades across a multitude of systems, extending her life by approximately 20-plus years. “Completing this dry dock period is a huge deal,” said Capt. Brett E. Crozier, Blue Ridge commanding officer. “It is an important part of a greater legacy for both the Blue Ridge and…

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