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Blue Ridge departs Yokosuka for routine deployment

Seventh Fleet Release

Release Date: 1/26/2004

Seventh Fleet Public Affairs

ABOARD USS BLUE RIDGE AT SEA - The U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet command-and-control ship, USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), and the embarked Commander, Seventh Fleet staff departed Yokosuka, Japan, Jan. 26 for a routine deployment.

The ship will conduct routine port visits and community service projects in different countries throughout the region in support of the Navy's commitment to diplomacy and positive international relations.

Blue Ridge is forward deployed to Yokosuka, and hosts one of the Navy's most comprehensive communications platforms in the fleet.

The Seventh Fleet area of responsibility for U.S. Navy operations encompasses 52 million square miles of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. On average, there are 50 ships, 200 aircraft and approximately 20,000 Sailors operating in the area.

Blue Ridge is commanded by Capt. J. Stephen Maynard.

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