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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