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Blue Ridge Refueled by HMAS Success

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Story Number: NNS050602-07
Release Date: 6/2/2005 2:31:00 PM

From USS Blue Ridge Public Affairs

ABOARD USS BLUE RIDGE, Tasman Sea (NNS) -- The U.S. 7th Fleet command ship, USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), conducted a replenishment at sea (RAS) June 2 with the Australian Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment vessel, HMAS Success (AOR 304).

Blue Ridge received more than 415,000 gallons of fuel during the flawless evolution.

According to Capt. J. Stephen Maynard, Blue Ridge’s commanding officer, events like this showcase the interoperability of the U.S. and Australian navies.

“The seamanship and professionalism displayed today is part of the reason why our efforts went off without a hitch,” he said. “The closeness of our navies and their ability to work together means our officers and crews know what to do and how to do it when called upon. The partnership between our two navies is so strong that each can work smoothly with the other, like the parts of a well-oiled machine.”

The refueling evolution with Success is the first in a series of cooperative events scheduled over the next few weeks, as Blue Ridge and the embarked 7th Fleet staff participates in Talisman Saber 2005.

Talisman Saber is a joint-sponsored U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defense Force Joint Operations Command exercise designed to train the U.S. 7th Fleet commander's staff and Australian Joint Operations staff as a designated Combined Task Force headquarters. The exercise will focus on crisis action planning and execution of contingency response operations. U.S. Pacific Command units and Australian forces will conduct land, sea and air training throughout the training area.

Blue Ridge is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.

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