USS BLUE RIDGE
LCC 19
  
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USS Blue Ridge is the lead ship of the Blue Ridge-class and the Seventh Fleet amphibious command ship. It is also the third ship to be named for the Blue Ridge Mountains of the eastern United States.

The Blue Ridge (AGC 19) was laid down on February 27, 1967, by the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and redesignated LCC 19 on October 1, 1968. She launched on January 4, 1969; sponsored by Mrs. Gretchen T. Byrd, the wife of Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr., of Virginia; and commissioned on November 14, 1970. Capt. Kent J. Carroll in command.

February 15, 1971 USS Blue Ridge arrived in Norfolk, Va., for initial ammunition outfitting.

March 4, LCC 19 arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a two-day port visit. Port calls to Lima, Peru, from March 20-22 and Acapulco, Mexico, from April 2-5.

April 9, USS Blu Ridge arrived in its homeport of Naval Station San Diego, California, after a two-month transit from Philadelphia.

October 11, The amphibious command ship entered the Long Beach Naval Shipyard for a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA).

January 7, 1972 USS Blue Ridge departed San Diego for its maiden western Pacific deployment. Port visits to Pearl Harbor from Jan. 13-15 and Apra Harbor, Guam, on Jan. 25.

January 29, The Blue Ridge pulled into Subic Bay, Philippines, for a brief port call to relieve USS Eldorado (LCC 11). Port visit to Sasebo, Japan, from Feb. 15-22.

February 28, LCC 19 arrived in Singapore for a three-day port visit. Pulled again into Subic Bay on March 6 for a five-day port call.

March 13, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Hong Kong for a five-day visit to British Crown Colony.

March 20, The amphibious command ship returned to Okinawa and embarked Brigadier Gen. E. J. Miller in preparation for a joint exercise Golden Dragon with the Korea.

The Blue Ridge departed Okinawa on April 5 and, for the next 15 weeks, operated in the Gulf of Tonkin as the flagship of both Commander, Task Force (TF) 76 and of Commander, Task Group (TG) 79.1. While serving as command ship for 7th Fleet amphibious forces fighting to recapture Quang Tri province from North Vietnamese troops, she participated in both the Song Thanh and Lam Son series of amphibious operations.

On June 27, while engaged in Operation Song Thanh 8-72, LCC 19 dueled with shore batteries sited on Tiger Island located offshore near the demilitarized zone.

July 1, Capt. Paul H. Speer relieved Capt. Kent J. Carroll as commanding officer of the Blue Ridge during a ceremony on board the ship off Da Nang.

USS Blue Ridge completed its missions in the Gulf of Tonkin on July 18 and arrived in Subic Bay two days later. On the 25th, she headed for the Ryukyu Islands and arrived at Okinawa on July 28. On August 2, the staffs of TF 76 and TG 79.1 transferred from Blue Ridge to Paul Revere (LPA 248). USS Blue Ridge returned to San Diego, Calif., August 18.

October 5, The Blue Ridge arrived in San Francisco, Calif., for a four-day port call.

February 24, 1973 USS Blue Ridge departed San Diego for its second western Pacific deployment. The ship pulled into Pearl Harbor on March 2 for a brief port call.

March 15, LCC 19 arrived at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, for a 16-day port call, relieving USS Paul Revere as flagship for the Commander, Amphibious Group 1.

March 20, Capt. James D. Butler relieved Capt. Paul H. Speer as the 3rd CO of the Blue Ridge.

The amphibious command ship returned to Okinawa on April 11 after participating in a joint U.S.- South Korean exercise Golden Dragon.

April 26, USS Blue ridge pulled into Naval Base Subic Bay, Philippines, for a nine-day port call. Port visit to Hong Kong from May 7-12. The ship returned to Okinawa in late May after participating in a joint United states- Philippine Naval exercise Pagasa I.

June 1, The Blue Ridge arrived in Keelung, Taiwan, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Sasebo, Japan, from Junre 7-14.

After departing Okinawa on July 10, the ship headed to the Gulf of Tonkin to deliver equipment needed by U.S. helicopters engaged in Operation Endsweep, the clearing of American mines from North Vietnamese waters. After a bief visit to Subic Bay, LCC 19 arrived in Yokosuka, Japan, on July 26 for a 10-day upkeep.

August 24, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Singapore for a five-day port visit.

After a port call to White Beach, Okinawa, from Sept. 4-19, the amphibious command ship visited again Subic Bay from Sept. 22-26, before participating in exercise Pagasa II.

October 23, USS Blue Ridge returned to homeport after an eight-month deployment.

March 15, 1974 The Blue Ridge arrived at Naval Air Station Alameda, San Francisco, for a week-long port call.

October 18, USS Blue Ridge departed Naval Station San Diego for its third western Pacific deployment.

After a brief visit to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, LCC 19 pulled into Yokosuka, Japan, on Nov. 6 to embark the staff of the Commander, 7th Fleet Amphibious Force.

November 10, The Blue Ridge arrived in White Beach, Okinawa, for a two-week port call.

December 10, The amphibious command ship returned to Subic Bay after participating in exercise Bayanihan. Arrived again in Okinawa, Japan, on Dec. 21 for a 17-day visit.

January 31, 1975 USS Blue Ridge departed Hong Kong after a six-day port visit following a 12-day upkeep at Subic Bay.

After a 10-day port call to White Beach, LCC 19 arrived in Keelung, Taiwan, on Feb. 12 before returning to Okinawa on 19th.

March 1, The Blue Ridge departed Manila, Philippines, after a three-day port call to participate in execise Sea Fox. Returned to Manila on March 12 for another three-day visit.

After departing Okinawa with three other amphibious ships, USS Blue Ridge arrived off the coast of South Vietnam on April 3 to assist in refugees evacuation.

After a brief port call to Subic Bay, April 17-18, the Blue Ridge returned to Vietnam, coordinating a 46-ship task force in executing the world's largest helicopter evacuation.

May 5, USS Blue Ridge returned to Subic Bay, Philippines, for a turnover with USS Denver (LPD 9) as flagship for the 7th Fleet Amphibious Force. Returned home on May 22.

August 1, LCC 19 departed San Diego for a Dependent's Day Cruise.

October 31, USS Blue Ridge entered the Long Beach Naval Shipyard for an eight-month overhaul. Moved from dry-dock to Pier 6 on March 19, 1976. Returned home on July 2.

July 30, Capt. J. G. McIntyre relieved Capt. William D. Hart as the fifth CO of the Blue Ridge.

September 25, USS Blue Ridge departed San Diego for its fourth deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet AoO.

October 10, The amphibious command ship anchored off Kwajelein Atoll, Marshall Islands, for a turnover with USS Cleveland (LPD 7) as flagship for the 7th Fleet Amphibious Force.

November 1, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Sydney, Australia, for a five-day port visit after participating in a multi national amphibious exercise Kangaroo II.

November 19, LCC 19 arrived at its overseas homeport in Okinawa, Japan, for a two-week upkeep. Port call to Keelung, Taiwan, from Dec. 3-7.

December 13, The Blue Ridge departed again White Beach Naval Facility. Port visit to Pusan, Republic of Korea, from Dec. 15-20. Returned to Okinawa on Dec. 22.

January 14, 1977 USS Blue Ridge arrived in Hong Kong for a five-day visit to the British Crown Colony. Port call to Subic Bay, Philippines, from Jan. 21 through Feb. 11.

On February 28, the Blue Ridge arrived again in Pearl Harbor for a brief port call before returning to Pier 6 at Naval Station San Diego on March 8.

June 22, The amphibious command ship departed homeport to participate in READIEX 4-77. Underway for a Dependent's Day Cruise on Aug. 6. Underway again for Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) from Aug. 8-11.

August 24, USS Blue Ridge departed San Diego for its fifth deployment. Port call to Pearl Harbor from Aug. 31- Sep. 4.

On September 17, the Blue Ridge arrived at White Beach, Okinawa, and resumed duty as the flagship for the 7th Fleet Amphibious Force.

September 23, LCC 19 arrived at Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a four-day port call. After a visit to Subic Bay the ship returned to Okinawa on Oct. 7.

After supporting Operation Bayanihan IV/Fortress Lightning, involving 30 ships, 130 aircraft and 20,000 man, the Blue Ridge returned to White Beach on Oct. 26.

October 31, The amphibious command ship departed Keelung, Taiwan, after a three-day port visit.

On November 11, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Pearl Harbor for a four-day port call to repair the ruptured boiler tubes and to embark "Tigers". LCC 19 returned home on Nov. 20.

December 7, The Blue Ridge departed Naval Station San Diego for an eight-day underway to participate in READIEX 1-78.

January 9, 1978 USS Blue Ridge anchored in Acapulco Bay for a three-day visit to Mexico.

Underway from Jan. 23 through Feb. 2, off the coast of southern California, for READIEX 2-78. Commenced a six-week Planned Restricted Availability period (PRAV) on Feb. 4.

May 12, USS Blue Ridge moored to Pier 45 at the San Francisco Embarcadero for a 10-day visit.

June 8, The amphibious command ship pulled into Portland, Ore., for a five-day visit to participate in annual Rose Festival.

June 17, Capt. Dudley L. Carlson relieved Capt. J. G. McIntyre as CO of LCC 19 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

July 10, The Blue Ridge departed Naval Station San Diego for an eight-day READIEX 4-78.

August 3, USS Blue Ridge departed San Diego for its sixth western Pacific deployment. Port visit to Pearl Harbor from Aug. 13-15. Arrived in Okinawa on Aug. 28.

September 11, After a port visit to Hong Kong, the Blue Ridge moored at the Ship Repair Facility in Subic Bay, Philippines, for a 10-day upkeep.

The amphibious command ship anchored in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, on Sept. 27 and underway the next day to participate in READIEX. USS Blue Ridge arrived in Keelung, Taiwan, on Oct. 9 but emergency sortied on 11th to avoid the Tropical Storm Ora. Returned to White Beach on Oct. 15.

The Blue Ridge pulled into Pearl Harbor for a two-day port call on Nov. 28 and returned to Naval Station San Diego on November 6.

December 4, LCC 19 departed homeport to participate in READIEX 1-79, off the coast of southern California.

March 31, 1979 USS Blue Ridge completed a nearly three-month Planned Restricted Availability (PRAV).

June 20, The Blue Ridge departed San Diego for an overnight Dependent's Cruise.

July 17, USS Blue Ridge arrived in its new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan, after a two-week transit from San Diego, Calif.

August 6, The 7th Fleet flagship arrived in Hong Kong for a five-day visit to British Crown Colony. Port visit to Subic Bay from Aug. 13-17. Returned to Yokosuka on Sept. 1 after participating in exercise Fortress Gale.

October 22, USS Blue Ridge departed Naval Base Yokosuka for its first western Pacific patrol while forward-deployed to Japan.

October 25, The Blue Ridge arrived in Maizuru, Japan, for a four-day port visit, the first by U.S. Navy ship in over 16 years.

October 30, LCC 19 pulled into Pusan, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port call. Arrived in Subic Bay, Philippines, on Nov. 7 for a five-day upkeep. Returned to Yokosuka on Nov. 17 for a two-week upkeep.

December 5, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Sasebo, Japan, for a four-day port call. The ship departed homeport again on January 9, 1980, after a four-week upkeep.

January 14, The amphibious command ship arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a five-day port call. Port visit to Subic Bay from Jan. 19-28. Returned home Feb. 2.

March 28, USS Blue Ridge anchored off Inchon, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port call.

March 31, FTG2 Craig E. Fiedler died from the injuries he sustained after falling approximately 20ft from the smal boat landing on March 30.

April 2, LCC 19 arrived in Pusan for a four-day port visit. Anchored in Chinhae Harbor on April 9. Port visit to Kagoshima, Japan, from April 13-16. Returned to Yokosuka on 18th.

The 7th Fleet flagship underway again on June 4, for a port visit to Subic Bay and departed Philippines on June 16 after a five-day visit. Port call to Hong Kong from June 18-23; and Sasebo, Japan, from June 27- July 1. Back home on July 3.

July 19, Capt. John D. Chamberlain relieved Capt. Dudley L. Carlson as CO of the Blue Ridge during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at sea.

After departing Yokosuka on July 29, the ship arrived in Otaru, Japan, on Aug. 1 for a four-day port visit. Anchored in Maizuru Harbor on Aug 8, for a three-day port call.

August 13, The Blue Ridge arrived in Kure, Japan, for a two-dau port call. Returned to Yokosuka on 17th.

September 3, USS Blue Ridge departed homeport for a six-week western Pacific patrol. Port calls to Subic Bay (Sept. 7-10 and Oct. 10-12); Pattaya Beach, Thailand, (Sept. 15-19); Djakarta, Indonesia, (Sept. 23-26); Singapore (Sept. 28- Oct. 1) and Port Kelang, Malaysia, (Oct. 2-4).

November 4, The Blue Ridge underway again for the second part of Fall Patrol. Port call to Pusan, ROK, from Nov. 7-11. Arrived in Okinawa on 13th.

November 24, LCC 19 returned to Subic Bay, Philippines, after participating in exercise Valiant Blitz. Returned to Yokosuka on Dec. 2.

January 17, 1981 USS Blue Ridge arrived in Hong Kong for a five-day port call. Port visit to Subic Bay from Jan. 24- Feb. 2. Departed Manila on 7th after a five-day visit.

February 13, The amphibious command ship returned to Yokosuka for a two-week upkeep. Underway again on March 2, to participate in exercisae Team Spirit. Departed Okinawa on March 9. Anchored off Pohang, Korea, on March 11.

March 23, USS Blue Ridge anchored off the coast of Inchon for a five-day visit to the Republic of Korea. Returned home on April 1.

April 7, The Blue Ridge entered the Dry Dock 5 at Ship Repair Facility Yokosuka for its fourth incremental overaul. Departed dry-dock on May 21.

June 24, LCC 19 anchored off Beppu, Japan, for a three-day port visit. The ship departed Kagoshima on July 2. Port call to Sasebo from July 3-7. Returned to Yokosuka on July 10. Underway again on Aug. 3.

August 8, USS Blue Ridge moored to HMS Tamar for a five-day visit to Hong Kong, British Crown Colony. Port call to Singapore from Aug. 17-21.

August 22, The amphibious command ship anchored off the coast of Penang, Malaysia, for a four-day port visit. Arrived in Subic Bay on Aug. 31. Returned to Yokosuka on September 10, after a five-week Summer Patrol.

After a two-day Operational Plant Re-Certification Evaluation (OPPRE) at Sagami Wan, near Yokosuka, the Blue Ridge returned to homeport Sept. 27 for a six-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at SRF.

After embarking the staffs for CTF-76 and CTF-79 on Nov 16, the 7th Fleet flagship participated in Command Port Exercise 82-1. Departed Subic Bay on Nov. 27 after a five-day visit. Port calls to Sasebo, Japan, from Dec. 2-5; Fukuoka, Japan, from Dec. 6-9; and Pusan, ROK, from Dec. 10-14.

January 7, 1982 USS Blue Ridge departed Yokosuka for a Spring Patrol. Port call to Manila, Philippines, from Jan. 12-16.

After a half-day cruise from Manila, the amphibious command ship arrived in Subic Bay for a nine-day upkeep.

January 31, The Blue Ridge moored at Madura Quay for a two-day port visit to Surabaya, Indonesia. Port call to Sydney, Australia, from Feb. 13-18.

February 27, LCC 19 pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a brief port call. Returned to homeport on March 4 for a two-week upkeep.

March 20, USS Blue Ridge moored to West Navy Pier at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, to embark CTF-76 and CTF-79 staffs for exercise Team Spirit '82. Anchored off Pohang, Republic of Korea, on March 24.

April 6, The 7th Fleet flagship anchored off the coast of Inchon, ROK, for a four-day port visit. Pulled into Naha, Okinawa, on April 13 for a two-day port call. Returned home on 17th. Underway again on May 3 for READEX 82 off Iwo Jima.

May 13, USS Blue Ridge moored to Alava Wharf at Naval Base Subic Bay for a nine-day upkeep beforee participating in exercise Tangent Flash in Dingalan Bay.

June 5, The Blue Ridge anchored off the coast of Pattaya Beach, Thailand, for a five-day visit. Port call to Hong Kong from June 15-21. Returned to Naval Base Yokosuka June 26.

July 23, Capt. William C. Francis relieved Capt. John D. Chamberlain as commanding officer of the LCC 19.

August 19, USS Blue Ridge departed Yokosuka for sea trials after an eight-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underaway again on Aug. 21 for Sister Ship Operation with JDS Shirane (DDH 143). Port call to Otaru from Aug. 27-30.

September 1, The amphibious command ship anchored in Maizuru Harbor for a three-day port visit. Departed Sasebo, Japan, on Sept. 9 and returned home on 13th. Underway again on Oct. 1. Port call to Pusan, ROK, from Oct. 8-12. Returned to Yokosuka on Oct. 15 for a 10-day upkeep.

After embarking CTF-76 and CTF-79 staffs, LCC 19 departed Okinawa on October 27 for Command Post Exercise (CPX).

November 3, USS Blue Ridge anchored in Triboa Bay, Republic of the Philippines, to offload ammunition. Departed Subic Bay on Nov. 8. Port call to Hong Kong from Nov. 10-16. After a brief visit to Okinawa, the ship returned to Yokosuka on Nov. 21.

January 7, 1983 The Blue Ridge departed for sea trials after completing the SRA 83-3. Underway again on Jan. 10 for a routine western Pacific patrol. Conducted Marine Amphibious Force Command Post Exercise from Jan. 13-16, off the coast of Okinawa.

January 19, LCC 19 pulled into Subic Bay for a nine-day upkeep. Port visit to Manila, Philippines, from Jan. 29 through Feb. 1.

February 6, USS Blue Ridge anchored in Penang Harbor for a three-day visit to Malaysia. Port call to Singapore from Feb. 10-14. Returned to Yokosuka on 22nd for a brief upkeep. Underway again on March 1.

March 10, The Blue Ridge anchored in Pohang Harbor for a brief visit to conduct pre-sail conferences before participating in exercise Team Spirit '83, March 12-20.

March 23, The amphibious command ship anchored off Inchon, ROK, for a three-day visit. Port call to Kagoshima, Japan, from March 28-30. Returned home on 31st.

April 25, USS Blue Ridge departed Naval Base Yokosuka for a two-week underway period to participate in READEX 83.

May 9, Vice Adm. James R. Hogg relieved Vice Adm. M. Staser Holcomb as Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Blue Ridge.

May 12, LCC 19 departed Yokosuka, Japan, for a western Pacific patrol. Arrived in Subic Bay on May 17 for a five-day upkeep. Port call to Hong Kong from May 26-30.

May 27, At approximately 0130, a Class "A" fire was discovered in a dry stores storeroom on the fifth deck and was quickly contained.

June 3, USS Blue Ridge arrived in White Beach, Okinawa, to embark CTF-76 and CTF-79 staffs for exercise Valiant Blitz 83-3, June 4-12. The ship returned home on June 15.

July 25, The Blue Ridge underway for two-day sea trials in Sagami Wan after completing the SRA 83-4. Underway again on Aug. 2 for Sister Ship Operation with JDS Shirane. Port calls to Beppu (Aug. 6-8); Kure (Aug. 8-10); and Sasebo (Aug. 12-16). Returned to Yokosuka on Aug. 19.

September 6, USS Blue Ridge departed its forward-deployed base for a Fall Patrol. Port calls to Pusan, Republic of Korea, from Sept. 9-12 and Chinhae Sept. 12-14.

September 16, LCC 19 arrived in Buckner Bay for a brief stop to take on fuel. On Sept. 20, the ship suffered a ruptured tube in 1B boiler and was forced to cancel the scheduled visit to Pattaya Beach, Thailand. Arrived in Subic Bay on Sept. 22 for a three-day port call to conduct repairs. Shortly after leaving Philippines, another tube in 1B boiler suffer a rupture, forcing the ship to return back to Subic Bay. Underway again on Oct. 10.

October 12, The Blue Ridge unsuccessfully fired a telemetry BPMDS missile at the Poro Point Missile Range. Returned to Subic Bay on Oct. 13 for a nine-day upkeep period.

November 2, USS Blue Ridge pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a three-day port call after participating in exercise Battle Week 84-1.

November 11, The 7th Fleet flagship arrived in Hong Kong for a four-day port visit. Returned to Yokosuka on Nov. 20.

January 4, 1984 The Blue Ridge underway for sea trials after completing the Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

January 6, Capt. Thomas D. Paulsen relieved Capt. William C. Francis as CO of the USS Blue Ridge.

January 9, LCC 19 departed Yokosuka for a routine western Pacific patrol. Conducted Marine Amphibious Force Command Post Exercise from Jan. 11-14.

January 17, The Blue Ridge pulled into Manila South Harbor for a three-day visit to the Republic of the Philippines. Arrived in Subic Bay on 20th for a 15-day upkeep.

February 13, USS Blue Ridge anchored at Man-O'-War Anchorage for a four-day port visit to Singapore.

February 21, The amphibious command ship moored to Alava Wharf at Naval Base Subic Bay to embark Mobile Training Team for a Phase II training. Returned to homeport on Feb. 27 for a ten-day upkeep period.

March 11, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Buckner Bay to embark CTF-76 and CTF-79 staffs for exercise Team Spirit '84, off the coast of Pohang, ROK, March 20-26. Port visit to Pusan from March 27-31. The ship returned to Yokosuka on April 4. Underway again on April 27. Brief visit to Okinawa on May 1.

May 7, LCC 19 anchored off Pattaya for a five-day visit to Thailand. Port call to Hong Kong from May 17-23. Arrived at White Beach on May 26 to disembark CTF-76 staff.

May 28, USS Blue Ridge anchored off the coast of Inchon, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port visit. Returned home on June 4.

July 27, The Blue Ridge departed for sea trials and Father/Daughter Cruise in Sagami Wan. Underway again on 31st for a Japanese Sister-Ship Cruise. Port calls to Sasebo (Aug. 3-7); Maizuru (Aug. 9-12) and Muroran (Aug. 14-17). Returned to Yokosuka on Aug. 19. Underway on Aug. 28 for one-day sea trial with the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

September 25, USS Blue Ridge departed Pusan, Republic of Korea, after a two-day port call. Arrived in Okinawa on Sept. 27 for a brief visit to embark CTF-76.

October 5, The 7th Fleet flagship anchored off Penang, Malaysia, for a three-day port visit.

October 9, USS Blue Ridge arrived at Sembawang Base for a four-day port visit to Singapore. Port calls to Subic Bay (Oct. 17-24) and Hong Kong (Oct. 29-Nov. 3).

November 7, The amphibious command ship pulled into Pohang, Republic of Korea, for a brief port call to participate in exercise Valiant Blitz 85-1. Port visit to Pusan (Nov. 12-14). The ship debarked CTF-76 and CTF-79.1 on Nov. 16 at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, and departed for FLEETEX 85 on 17th.

November 30, USS Blue Ridge returned to Naval Base Yokosuka after completing the nine-week Fall Patrol.

January 7, 1985 The Blue Ridge departed for sea trials in Sagami Wan after completing the SRA 85-7.

January 27, LCC 19 pulled into Naval Station Subic Bay for a two-week upkeep period. Port visit to Manila, Philippines, from Feb. 10-14.

February 17, USS Blue Ridge pulled into White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa to embark CTF-76 and CTF-79 staffs for CPX. Returned to Yokosuka on Feb. 22. Underway again on March 11.

March 17, The amphibious command ship anchored in Pohang Harbor, ROK, in preparation for exercise Team Spirit '85, March 20-27. Port call to Pusan from March 28-31.

April 3, After departing Okinawa, Japan, on the previous day, USS Blue Ridge was diverted to conduct surveillance operations against a seven ship Soviet Task Force in the Philippine Sea, led by Anti-Submarine Helicopter Cruiser Novorossiysk (CVHG 18). Returned home on 7th for a two-week upkeep.

April 28, The Blue Ridge pulled into Hong Kong for a six-day port visit.

May 10, The 7th Fleet Flagship anchored off the coast of Pattaya, Thailand, for a five-day visit.

May 21, USS Blue Ridge moored at White Beach to debark CTF-76 and CTF-79 staffs.

May 23, LCC 19 returned to Naval Base Yokosuka after completing its Spring Patrol.

August 5, USS Blue Ridge departed Yokosuka for Phase I Interim REFTRA with JMSDF ships Shirane and Marakumo. Port calls to Kure (Aug. 8-10); Kagoshima (Aug. 12-13) and Sasebo (Aug. 14-16). The amphibious command ship returned home on Aug. 20. Underway again on Sept. 2.

September 15, The Blue Ridge anchored off Phuket, Thailand, for a five-day port visit. Port call to Penang, Malaysia, from Sept. 21-24.

September 26, USS Blue Ridge moored to Ocean Termian Pier in Singapore for an eight-day port call.

October 18, The 7th Fleet Flagship arrived in Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a brief port call after participating in ANNUALEX, off the eastern coast of Japan.

October 22, USS Blue Ridge successfully fired a Basic Point Defense Missile (BPMDS) at the Poro Point Missile Range. Port visit to Manila from Oct. 23-26.

October 26, LCC 19 pulled into Subic Bay, Philippines, for a 10-day upkeep period. Port visit to Cebu from Nov. 8-11.

November 19, Capt. John H. Heidt relieved Capt. Thomas D. Paulsen as CO of the Blue Ridge during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship in Hong Kong. Underway on Nov. 20 after a six-day port visit.

November 22, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Okinawa to embark CTF-76 and CTF-79 staffs for Marine Amphibious Force Command Post Exercise (CPX). Returned to Yokosuka on Nov. 27 after a nearly three-month Fall Patrol.

January 11, 1986 The Blue Ridge departed homeport after completing its SRA 86-9. Port visit to Manila, Republic of the Philippines, from Jan. 16-19.

January 19, The amphibious command ship moored to Alava Pier at Naval Station Subic Bay for a 12-day upkeep.

February 9, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, for a three-day CPX.

February 15, LCC 19 anchored off Inchon, ROK, for a four-day port visit. Returned to Naval Station Yokosuka on Feb. 22 for a 10-day upkeep.

March 12, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Pohang, Republic of Korea, to participate in a joint annual exercise Team Spirit. On March 20, the ship anchored off Tok Soo Ri and conducted the command and control function for the remainder of the amphibious exercise. Arrived in Okinawa on March 30 and returned home on April 1.

April 26, The Blue Ridge departed Yokosuka for the second part of its routine Sprilng Patrol.

May 5, The 7th Fleet flagship anchored off the coast of Pattaya, Thailand, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Hong Kong from May 13-19.

May 21, USS Blue Ridge moored to Alava Pier at Naval Station Subic Bay for a two-week upkeep. Returned to Yokosuka on June 9 for SRA 86-10.

July 31, USS Blue Ridge departed homeport for an annual Sister-ship Cruise. Port calls to Ohminato (Aug. 2-4); Aomori (Aug. 4-6) and Otaru (Aug. 7-9).

On August 11, the amphibious command ship was tasked to conduct surveillance operations against the Soviet Naval units operating in the Sea of Okhotsk. Returned home on 18th.

September 3, The Blue Ridge underway in Tokyo Harbor for sea trial and Dependent's Day Cruise. Underway again on Sept. 6.

September 9, USS Blue Ridge pulled into Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a brief port call. Hosted the Commander, Amphibous Force 7th Fleet, change of command in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, on Sept. 13. Arrived in Apra Harbor, Guam, on Sept. 17 for a brief port call.

September 29, USS Blue Ridge pulled into Sydney, Australia, for an eight-day port call. Port visits to Melbourne (Oct. 9-14); Fremantle (Oct. 19-25) and Darwin (Oct. 30-Nov. 2).

November 8, The 7th Fleet flagship pulled into Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a nine-day upkeep period. Port call to Hong Kong from Nov. 19-25.

November 29, USS Blue Ridge returned to Naval Station Yokosuka, Japan, after a twelve-week Fall Patrol.

February 11, 1987 The Blue Ridge departed homeport for a routine western Pacific patrol. Port visit to Subic Bay from Feb. 16-23.

February 26, The amhibious command ship arrived in White Beach, Okinawa, for a three-day CPX. Returned to Yokosuka on March 4. Underway again on March 16.

March 21, USS Blue Ridge anchored off Pohang, Republic of Korea, to onload troops for participation in Team Spirit '87. Port call to Pusan from April 7-10.

April 12, The Blue Ridge arrived in Okinawa to disembark Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet and Commander, Landing Force 7th Fleet. Returned home on 15th. Underway again on May 9. Brief port call to Subic Bay from May 13-14.

May 17, LCC 19 anchored off the coast of Pattaya, Thailand, for a five-day port visit.

May 27, USS Blue Ridge moored at HMAS Tamar for a six-day visit to Hong Kong. The ship arrived in Sasebo, Japan, on June 3 and returned to Yokosuka on June 10.

August 1, The Blue Ridge underway for sea trial and a Dependent's Day Cruise after completing the Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

August 6, The 7th Fleet flagship anchored off the coast of Inchon, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port visit.

September 1, USS Blue Ridge departed homeport for a Sister-ship Cruise. Port calls to Hachinohe from Sept. 3-5 and Maizuru from Sept. 7-10.

September 28, LCC 19 underway again for routine western Pacific patrol. Port call to Subic Bay, Philippines, from Oct. 5-10.

October 12, The Blue Ridge pulled into Hong Kong for a five-day port visit.

October 24, The amphibious command ship arrived in Pohang, ROK, for a three-day port call before participating in exercise Valiant Blitz '87. Port call to Pusan from Nov. 5-8.

November 12, USS Blue Ridge returned to Yokosuka after completing its last underway period of the year.

December 1, Capt. Michael D. Barker relieved Capt. John H. Heidt as commanding officer of the LCC 19 during a ceremony on board the ship.

January 13, 1988 The Blue Ridge departed for a two-day sea trials after completing the routine SRA.

February 1, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Subic Bay, Philippines, for a six-day port call. Arrived in Singapore on Feb. 10 for a five-day port visit.

February 21, The 7th Fleet flagship pulled into White Beach, Okinawa, for a brief visit to embark Commander, Amphibous Force, U.S. 7th Fleet to conduct CPX. Returned to Naval Base Yokosuka on Feb. 26. Underway again on March 14.

March 21, USS Blue Ridge anchored off the coast Pohang to onload troops for participation in exercise Team Spirit '88. Arrived in Pusan, Republic of Korea, on April 5 for a two-day port visit. Returned home on April 11.

May 11, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Tokyo, Japan, for a brief port visit, the first by U.S. Navy ship in over 20 years. Departed Yokosuka again on May 13.

May 19, The amphibious command ship arrived in Subic Bay for a five-day port call. Arrived in Hong Kong on May 26 for a four-day port visit. After a brief visit to Okinawa to disembark staffs, the ship returned to homeport on June 4.

August 3, USS Blue Ridge departed Yokosuka for a port visit to Sasebo, from Aug. 5-8. Underway with JDS Kurama for an annual JMSDF/USN Sistership Cruise. The two ships arrived in Kure on Aug. 10 for a two-day port visit.

From Aug. 29 through Set. 2, the LCC 19 was underway for Interim Refresher Training. Underway again from Sept. 6-9 for Refresher Training (REFTRA).

September 19, The Blue Ridge departed Naval Base Yokosuka for a two-month Fall Patrol. Port call to Subic Bay from Sept. 24-28.

October 7, The 7th Fleet flagship departed Patong Bay after a goodwill port visit to Phuket, Thailand. Port visits to Penang, Malaysia, ( Oct. 8-11) and Singapore (Oct. 12-16).

October 18, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia, for a three-day port call.

October 21, Vice Adm. Henry H. Mauz, Jr., relieved Vice Adm. Paul D. Miller as Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, during a ceremony aboard the Blue Ridge at sea.

After a brief stop at White Beach, Okinawa, on Oct. 29, the amphibious command ship anchored off Pohang, ROK, on Nov. 1.

November 2, LCC 19 departed Pohang to participate in exercise Valiant Blitz '88 in the Tok Sok Ri Sea Echelon Area. The ship returned to Yokosuka on Nov. 11.

From November 16-18, the Blue Ridge was underway for Operational Propulsion Plant Re-Examination.

January 10, 1990 USS Blue Ridge underway for two-day sea trilas after completing the Selected Restrited Availability (SRA) 89-17.

February 1, The Blue Ridge pulled into Subic Bay for a five-day port call. Returned home on Feb. 11.

February 25, USS Blue Ridge, commanded by Capt. Joseph K. Henderson, departed Yokosuka, Japan, for a three-month Spring Patrol.

March 3, The 7th Fleet flagship arrived in Pohang, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port call before participating in annual exercise Team Spirit '90.

March 25, The Blue Ridge pulled into Hong Kong for a five-day port visit. Arrived in Subic Bay on March 31 for a five-day port call.

April 10, The amphibious command ship arrived in Singapore for a five-day port visit.

April 21, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Fremantle, Australia, for a three-day visit to Perth. Port calls to Hobart, Tasmania, (May 1-3); Sydney (May 5-9) and Brisbane (May 10-14). After completing the Coral Sea Week celebration in Australia, the ship returned to homeport on May 25.

June 1, The Blue Ridge departed homeport for a two-day Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE).

After completing SRA-18, the LCC 19 departed Yokosuka on July 11 for a Sistership Cruise with JDS Shirane. Port calls to Otaru (July 20-23); Maizuru (July 25-27) and Sasebo (July 28-30).

August 14, USS Blue Ridge departed Naval Base Yokosuka for a Middle East deployment in support of Operation Desert Shield. Port call to Subic Bay from Aug. 18-20.

September 1, The Blue Ridge pulled into Manama, Bahrain, and assumed duties as flagship for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

October 16, The amphibous command ship arrived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for a five-day port visit. Returned to Manama on Oct. 22.

November 10, USS Blue Ridge pulled into Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., for a four-day port call.

December 1, Vice Adm. S. R. Arthur relieved Vice Adm. H. Mauz as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, during a ceremony on board the Blue Ridge in Manama.

December 30, LCC 19 arrived again in Dubai for a four-day visit to United Arab Emirates. Returned to Manama, Bahrain, on Jan. 4, 1991.

January 11, USS Blue Ridge departed Manama to provide Naval Command and Control from the sea, in preparation for Operation Desert Storm.

February 8, The Blue Ridge anchored off Bahrain Bell-Sitrah anchorage for an overnight stop.

March 2, The amphibous command ship pulled into Manama after 50 continuos days at sea. Port call to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., from March 27- April 1. Returned to Manama on 2nd. Underway again on April 24. Brief port call to Singapore on May 5.

May 9, USS Blue Ridge moored to Alava Pier at Naval Station Subic Bay for a four-day visit. Port call to Hong Kong from May 15-20.

May 24, USS Blue Ridge returned to homeport after more than a nine-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

October 7, LCC 19 underway for a two-day sea trials after completing the SRA-19. Underway again on Oct. 23.

October 30, USS Blue Ridge pulled into Pohag, Republic of Korea, for a two-day port call before participating in exercise Valiant Blitz '92. Port call to Chinhae from Nov. 10-12.

November 14, The amphibious command ship arrived in Okinawa to disembark CTF-76 and CTF-79 staffs. Returned to Yokosuka on Nov. 17 for a week-long upkeep.

November 22, Capt. Alan L. Heisig relieved Capt. Joseph K. Henderson as commanding officer of the Blue Ridge.

November 25, USS Blue Ridge departed Naval Base Yokosuka for the second part of Fall Patrol. Arrived in Subic Bay on Dec. 1 and recommenced Refresher Training (REFTRA) through 9th. Port call to Hong Kong from Dec. 11-16. Returned home on Dec. 20.

February 13, 1992 The Blue Ridge departed homeport for sea trials after completing the Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

February 29, USS Blue Ridge departed Yokosuka for the first part of Spring Patrol. Port call to Sasebo, Japan, from March 1-4.

March 12, The 7th Fleet flagship anchored at Man-O'-War anchorage for a three-day visit to Singapore.

March 18, The Blue Ridge anchored in Benoa Bay for a three-day visit to Bali, Indonesia. Returned to homeport on March 29 for a two-week upkeep. Underway again on April 14.

April 18, USS Blue Ridge pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a three-day port call.

April 28, The amphibious command ship anchored off the coast of Noumea, New Caledonia, for a brief visit. Port calls to Sydney, Australia, (May 1-5) and Townsville (May 8-12).

May 22, USS Blue Ridge returned to Yokosuka, Japan, after completing a spring patrol in the western and southern Pacific.

June 20, LCC 19 departed homeport for a two-month western Pacific patrol.

June 25, The Blue Ridge moored at HMS Tamar for a four-day visit to Hong Kong.

July 3, Vice Adm. Timothy W. Wright relieved Vice Adm. Stanley R. Arthur as Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the USS Blue Ridge.

July 8, The 7th Fleet flagship pulled into Colombo, Sri Lanka, for a three-day port visit. Arrived in Madras, India, on July 13 for a three-day port call.

July 19, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Penang, Malaysia, for a for-day port visit. The ship returned to Yokosuka on Aug. 1 for a two-week upkeep.

August 16, The Blue Ridge arrived in Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a multinational exercise Ulchi-Focus Lens. Returned home on Sept. 3.

September 15, LCC 19 moved "dead-stick" to Dry Dock 6 at Ship Repair Facility Yokosuka for a five-month DSRA. Departed dry-dock on Dec. 2.

February 13, 1993 USS Blue Ridge underway for sea trials in Sagami Wan. Underway from Feb. 16-26, off Okinawa, for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) Phase I.

March 3, The amphibious command ship arrived in Pohang, Republic of Korea, for a two-day port call before participating in exercise Team Spirit '93. After a port call to Chinhae, the Blue Ridge returned to Yokosuka on March 23.

In April, the ship's Basic Point Defense Missile System (BPDMS) was removed along with related equipment and cabling.

May 15, USS Blue Ridge anchored of Shimoda, Japan, for a four-day port visit to participate in annual Black Ship Festival.

July 11, The Blue Ridge departed Yokosuka to participate in exercise Tandem Thrust '93. Port call to Apra Harbor, Guam, from July 23-26. Returned home on 29th.

August 15, The 7th Fleet flagship arrived in Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port call to participate in Ulchi Focus Lens.

September 4, Capt. Ernest H. Joy, II relieved Capt. Alan L. Heisig as CO of the LCC 19 during a ceremony at Naval Base Yokosuka.

October 4, USS Blue Ridge departed homeport for a Fall Patrol in the western and southern Pacific. Port call to Hong Kong from Oct. 10-14.

October 19, The Blue Ridge pulled into Sembawang port for a three-day visit to Singapore.

November 1, The amphibious command ship arrived in Fremantle, Australia, for a five-day visit to Perth. LCC 19 recently departed Jakarta, Indonesia.

November 15, USS Blue Ridge pulled into Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a four-day port call. The ship returned to Yokosuka on Nov. 24.

January 10, 1994 The Blue Ridge arrived in Beppu, Japan, for a three-day port call. On January 17, the ship commenced its Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) 24.

April 11, LCC 19 departed Yokosuka for training en route to Guam. While inport Apra Harbor on April 20, the ship commenced Command Assessment of Readiness for Training (CART) II. Underway on 21st.

April 26, USS Blue Ridge arrived in White Beach Naval Facility for a six-day visit to Okinawa. Returned to homeport on May 6 for upkeep and training.

From May 18-25, the Blue Ridge was underway for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I. Underway again on June 17 for a two-week TSTA II. Port call to Hong Kong from June 23-26.

July 28, Vice Adm. Archie R. Clemins relieved Vice Adm. Timothy W. Wright as Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the LCC 19.

August 3, USS Blue Ridge departed for a two-day sea trials. Underway again on Aug. 6 for a Family Day Cruise in Tokyo Wan.

August 19, The Blue Ridge arrived in Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a three-day port visit before participating in a joint multinational exercise Ulchi Focus Lens '94, from Aug. 22 through Sept. 3. Returned home on Sept. 9. Underway again for sea trials from Oct. 5-7. Departed Yokosuka on Oct. 10.

October 21, The amphibious command ship pulled into Sembawang, Singapore, for an eight-day port call. Arrived in Okinawa on Nov. 4 for a brief port call before OPPE. Returned home on 7th. Underway again on Nov. 27.

December 7, USS Blue Ridge pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a brief port call after participating in exercise Tandem Thrust. Returned to Yokosuka on Dec. 12.

January 17, 1995 USS Blue Ridge departed Naval Base Yokosuka for sea trilas. Arrived in Okinawa on Jan. 22 for a brief port call to embark 400 Marines.

January 25, The 7th Fleet flagship moored at Fenwick Pier in Hong Kong for a five-day port visit. Port call to Manila, Philippines, from Feb. 1-6. Returned home on Feb. 12.

On February 13, the amphibious command ship commenced a month-long SRA-25. Underway for sea trials on March 23. Port visit to Tokyo from March 25-26.

April 3, USS Blue Ridge departed Yokosuka, Japan, for a two-month "Southern Swing" patrol. Port calls to Townsville, Australia, (April 13-17); Sydney (21-25); Hobart (April 28- May 1); Adelaide (May 4-7) and Fremantle (May 13-15).

May 20, The Blue Ridge anchored off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, for a three-day port visit. The ship returned to homeport on June 2. Commenced SRA-26 on June 5.

July 19, Capt. Terence P. Labrecque relieved Capt. Ernest H. Joy, II as CO of the USS Blue Ridge during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

August 1, The Blue Ridge departed for sea trials. Underway again on Aug. 13 for a Family Day Cruise in Tokyo Wan. Brief port visit to Okinawa on Aug. 16.

August 18, LCC 19 arrived in Chinhae, ROK, for a three-day port call before participating in exercise Ulchi Focus Lens '95, Aug. 21-31. Port calls to Pusan (Aug. 25-26) and Tonghae (Aug. 26-27). Returned to Yokosuka on Sept. 5.

September 14, USS Blue Ridge underway for Sistership Cruise with JDS Hiei (DDH 142). Port calls to Nagasaki (Sept. 15-17); Sasebo (Sept. 17-19) and Kagoshima on 21st.

September 27, The 7th Fleet flagship anchored off the coast of Mactan Island, Philippines, for a two-day visit to Cebu.

October 5, USS Blue Ridge pulled into Port Klang, Malaysia, for a four-day visit to Kuala Lumpur. Port call to Singapore from Oct. 9-13. the ship participated in a humanitarian exercise Tempo Brave from Oct. 10-20, designed toward disaster relief in Cambodia. Port call to Hong Kong from Oct. 18-21.

October 24, The amphibious command ship arrived in Okinawa for a brief stop before participating in exercise Foal Eagle. Port calls to Chinhae, ROK, (Oct. 26-28) and Pohang (Oct. 30-31).

November 4, USS Blue Ridge arrived again in Pohang to debark all embarked personnel. The ship returned to Yokosuka, Japan, on Nov. 7 after a seven-week patrol.

January 12, 1996 LCC 19 departed Yokosuka for sea trials. Underway again on Jan. 18. Port visit to Beppu, Japan, from Jan. 23-26.

February 6, USS Blue Ridge departed homeport for a two-month Spring Patrol. Port call to Hong Kong from Feb. 12-16.

February 29, The 7th Fleet flagship arrived in Darwin, Australia, for a four-day port visit.

March 11, The Blue Ridge pulled into Jakarta, Indonesia, for a three-day port call.

March 22, USS Blue Ridge moored at Sembawang port for a four-day visit to Singapore. Returned home on April 5. Commenced SRA-28 on April 22.

June 11, The amphibious command ship underway for two-day sea trials and a Tiger Cruise in Tokyo Wan. Underway again on June 17. Port call to Guam from June 20-24. After a brief stop at Okinawa, the ship returned to Yokosuka on July 2 for a three-week upkeep.

July 26, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Vladivostok, Russia, for a four-day port call to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the Russian Navy.

August 1, LCC 19 arrived in Otaru, Japan, for a three-day port visit. Pulled into Sasebo on Aug. 7 for a five-day port call. Brief visit to White Beach, Okinawa, on Aug. 15.

August 17, The Blue Ridge arrived Chinhae, Republic of korea, for a three-day port call before participating in exercise Ulchi Focus Lens '96, Aug. 20-31. Port call to Pusan from Aug. 27-29. The ship arrived in Okinawa on Sept. 2 and returned home on 4th after a six-week underway period.

September 13, Vice Adm. Robert J. Natter relieved Vice Adm. Archie R. Clemins as Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, during a ceremony on board the Blue Ridge.

November 26, USS Blue Ridge departed for sea trials after Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) #29. Underway again on Dec. 2.

December 6, The Blue Ridge pulled into Hong Kong for a four-day port visit. Returned to Yokosuka on Dec. 14.

January 6, 1997 USS Blue Ridge departed Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for an extended Spring Patrol in the western and southern Pacific.

January 14, The 7th Fleet flagship pulled into Singapore for a five-day port call.

January 21, USS Blue Ridge anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a four-day port visit.

January 27, The Blue Ridge pulled into Port Klang, Malaysia, for a three-day visit to Kuala Lumpur.

February 3, LCC 19 anchored off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, for a three-day port visit.

February 12, The Blue Ridge moored at Ocean Terminal for a three-day port visit to Hong Kong. Port call to Okinawa from Feb. 18-19.

February 23, The amphibious command ship pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a two-day visit to the Mariana Islands.

March 4, USS Blue Ridge pulled into Townsville, Australia, for a five-day port visit before participating in exercise Tandem Thrust '97, in the Shoalwater Bay, March 10-22.

March 23, The Blue Ridge moored at Pinkemba Pier for a four-day port visit to Brisbane. Port calls to Newcastle (March 28-30) and Sydney (March 31- April 4). After another visit to Guam from April 12-16, the ship returned to homeport on April 19. Commenced SRA-30 on April 22.

June 9, USS Blue Ridge underway for two days of sea trials in Tokyo Wan. Underway again on June 22 for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I. Port call to Kagoshima from June 24-26. Anchored in Yokosuka Ko on 28th to evade storm. Underway on 29th to continue TSTA I in Sagami Wan. Returned to homeport on July 1.

July 19, LCC 19 departed Yokosuka for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

July 21, Capt. David K. Meier relieved Capt. Terence P. Labrecque as commanding officer of the Blue Ridge.

July 23, USS Blue Ridge departed homeport en route to Sasebo, Japan. Anchored at Yokosuka Ko on 25th to evade the typhoon. Anchored in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, on Aug. 1 for a brief visit.

August 4, The Blue Ridge moored at Ocean Terminal in Hong Kong for a four-day port call.

August 11, The 7th Fleet flagship pulled into White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, for a two-day port call.

August 15, USS Blue Ridge moored at Pier 9 in Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a three-day visit before participating in annual exercise Ulchi Focus Lens. Port call to Pusan, ROK, from Aug. 22-25.

August 31, The Blue Ridge moored to Berth 1 India Basin at Fleet Activities Sasebo for a three-day port call to conduct repairs after a major fuel oil leak on Aug. 30.

September 6, USS Blue Ridge returned to Yokosuka after a six-week western Pacific patrol.

September 27, The amphibious command ship moored at Harumi Wharf in Tokyo for a three-day port visit.

October 3, The Blue Ridge anchored off Hakodate, Japan, for a three-day port visit. Returned home on Oct. 8. Commenced SRA-31 on Oct. 20.

November 24, LCC 19 underway for Sagami Wan to conduct sea trials. Underway again on Dec. 1. Port call to Hong Kong from Dec. 5-9.

January 5, 1998 USS Blue Ridge departed CFAY for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) III. Arrived in Saipan on Jan 8 for a brief visit before participating in exercise Tempest Express through 18th.

January 19, The 7th Fleet flagship arrived in Suva, Fiji, for a three-day port visit. Port call to Noumea, New Caledonia, from Jan. 24-27.

January 29, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Brisbane, Australia, for a five-day port visit. Port calls to Cairns ( Feb. 6-10); Darwin (Feb. 14-18); Suva, Fiji (Feb. 21-23).

February 25, The Blue Ridge pulled into Singapore for a five-day port visit.

March 4, The amphibious command ship anchored in Patong Bay for a four-day visit to Phuket, Thailand. Port calls to Penang, Malaysia, ( March 9-13) and Hong Kong (March 18-23).

March 27, USS Blue Ridge returned to Yokosuka, Japan, after an 11-week patrol.

June 23, LCC 19 departed for a two-day sea trials in Sagami Wan after completing the SRA-32. Underway again on June 29.

July 2, The Blue Ridge pulled into Vladivostok, Russia, for a four-day port call to celebrate the Independence Day. Returned home on July 9 for a two-week upkeep.

July 25, USS Blue Ridge pulled into Fleet Activities Sasebo for a three-day port call.

August 2, The 7th Fleet flagship arrived in Qingdao, China, for a four-day port visit. After a brief visit to Okinawa on 8th, LCC 19 returned to Yokosuka on Aug. 11.

August 12, Vice Adm. Walter F. Doran relieved Vice Adm. Robert J. Natter as Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Blue Ridge.

August 16, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a brief port visit before participating in exercise Ulchi Focus Lens '98, Aug. 17-28. Port call to Pusan from Aug. 22-24. After a brief visit to Okinawa on Aug. 31, the ship returned home on Sept. 3. Commenced SRA-33 on Sept. 14.

November 30, The Blue Ridge departed for Sea Trials in Sagami Wan. Underway again on Dec. 7. Port call to Hong Kong from Dec. 11-15.

January 12, 1999 USS Blue Ridge departed CFAY for a three-month Spring Patrol.

January 23, LCC 19 arrived in Sattahip, Thailand, for a four-day port call.

January 30, The Blue Ridge pulled into Singapore for a four-day port visit.

February 4, The amphibious command ship pulled into Port Klang, Malaysia, for a two-day port visit. Port calls to Bali, Indonesia, (Feb. 9-13); Fremantle, Australia, (Feb. 18-22); Melbourne (Feb. 27- March 3); Sydney (March 5-9).

March 11, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Brisbane, Australia, for a five-day port visit before participating in the first phase of exercise Tandem Thrust '99, March 16-22.

March 25, The 7th Fleet flagship pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a brief port call before participating in Tandem Thrust '99 FCX, from March 26 through April 4.

April 5, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Saipan for a four-day visit to Northern Mariana Islands. Returned to homeport on April 12. Commenced SRA-34 on April. 21.

June 18, Capt. David Ziemba relieved Capt. David K. Meier as CO of the LCC 19.

June 22, The Blue Ridge departed for two days of sea trials in Sagami Wan. Underway again from July 8-10 for a Command Assessment Readiness for Training (CART) II.

July 22, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a four-day port visit. Returned to Yokosuka on July 31. Underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) from Aug. 3-7. Underway again on Aug. 9.

August 13, The Blue Ridge arrived in Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a three-day port visit before participating in exercise Ulchi Focus Lens '99, Aug. 16-27. Port call to Pusan from Aug. 20-23. Arrived in Okinawa on Aug. 30 for a brief port call. Returned home on Sept. 2.

September 7, LCC 19 departed Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a Sistership Cruise with JMSDF Shirane (DD 143). Port call to Muroran from Sept. 9-12. Underway again from Sept. 17-28 for a TSTA II; Commenced SRA-35 on Oct. 2; Underway for sea trials from Nov. 22-23. Port call to Hong Kong from Dec. 7-11.

January 11, 2000 USS Blue Ridge departed Yokosuka for a routine Spring Patrol.

January 15, The amphibious command ship arrived in Saipan for a four-day visit to the Northern Mariana Islands. Conducted TSTA III/FEP from Jan. 19-26.

January 27, The Blue Ridge arrived in Townsville, Australia, for a five-day port call. Port visit to Darwin from Feb. 5-9.

February 10, USS Blue Ridge anchored off the coast of Dili, East Timor, for a three-day visit. Port calls to Singapore (Feb. 18-22); Penang, Malaysia, (Feb. 23-26); Phuket, Thailand, (Feb. 27- March 2); Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, (March 7-10); and Cebu, Philippines, (March 12-15).

March 22, USS Blue Ridge returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka after a ten-week patrol in the western and southern Pacific.

April 6, The 7th Fleet flagship arrived in Kure, Japan, for a two-day port visit. Commenced Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) #36 on April 11.

From June 12-13, the LCC 19 was underway for sea trials in Sagami Wan.

July 12, Vice Adm. James W. Metzger relieved Vice Adm. Walter F. Doran as Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Blue Ridge.

August 19, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a two-day port call before participating in annual exercise Ulchi Focus Lens, Aug. 21-31. Brief port visits to Sasebo, Japan, from Aug. 31- Sept. 2 and Okinawa on Sept. 4. Returned home on 7th.

November 28, The Blue Ridge departed for sea trials after completing SRA-37. Port call to Hong Kong from Dec. 6-10. Underway again for sea trials on Jan. 31, 2001. Port visit to Tokyo, Japan, from Feb. 3-5.

March 20, USS Blue Ridge departed Yokosuka, Japan, for a three-month Spring Patrol.

March 23, The Blue Ridge arrived in Shanghai, China, for a three-day port visit.

April 2, The amphibious command and contol ship anchored off Pattaya, Thailand, for a four-day port visit.

April 9, USS Blue Ridge pulled into Port Klang, Malaysia, for a three-day visit to Kuala Lumpur. Port call to Singapore (April 13-23) and Darwin (April 27- May 3).

May 14, The Blue Ridge departed Cairns, Australia, after a week-long port call to participate in exercise Tandem Thrust. Port visit to Townsville from May 21-26.

May 29, LCC 19 arrived in Sydney, Australia, for a six-day port visit.

June 14, The Blue Ridge arrived in Saipan for a three-day visit to the Northern Mariana Islands.

June 16, Capt. Andrew G. Sevald relieved Capt. David Ziemba as CO of Blue Ridge during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship. Returned to homeport on June 22.

August 11, The 7th Fleet flagship departed Yokosuka to participate in exercise Ulchi Focus Lens. Brief port call to Okinawa on Aug. 14.

August 16, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Chinhae, Republic of Korea. Underway on 17th to evade the Typhoon Pabuk. Returned on 19th to support UFL '01. Departed Korea on Sept. 1. Returned home on 6th.

November 28, LCC 19 departed for sea trials after completing the Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) 38 & 39. Port call to Hong Kong from Dec. 5-9.

August 9, 2002 USS Blue Ridge arrived in Vladivostok, Russia, for a brief port visit. The amphibious command ship is scheduled to participate in exercise Ulchi Focus Lens 2002, an annual Republic of Korea and U.S. combined forces government military exercise designed to, evaluate, and improve crisis action measures and procedures for the combined war plans in the defense of the Republic of Korea.

December 7, The Blue Ridge is currently underway in the western Pacific, for a joint force exercise, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

February 1, 2003 The 7th Fleet flagsip pulled into Tokyo port following a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

February 11, LCC 19 departed port of Otaru, Japan, after a four-day port visit.

March 27, The amphibious command and contol ship arrived in Singapore for a five-day port visit.

March 28, Capt. J. Stephen Maynard relieved Capt. Andrew G. Sevald as CO of the USS Blue Ridge during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

April 17, LCC 19 departed Apra Harbor, Guam, after a scheduled port visit.

April 22, USS Blue Ridge is currently participating in exercise Tundem Thrust '03, a joint miliatry exercise, including forces from U.S., Canada and Australia, in the Marianas Islands. The exercise will focus on crisis action planning and execution of contingency response operations.

August 8, After months of painting, chipping and grinding during a ship’s restricted availability (SRA) period, the 7th Fleet amphibious command and control ship and its crew are ready to continue their watch on the Pacific Rim.

August 10, LCC 19 departed Pyongtaek, Republic of Korea, after a three-day port visit.

August 16, USS Blue Ridge pulled into Chinhae, ROK, for a brief port visit.

August 23, The Blue Ridge arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, for a two-day port call. The visit signified the end of phase one of Ulchi Focus Lens, an annual exercise between U.S. forces and the Republic of Korea military. Marines from the 24th Marines, a Marine Corps Reserve unit out of Kansas City, Mo., embarked USS Blue Ridge for two weeks in August to participate in exercise Ulchi Focus Lens (UFL) 2003. UFL 2003 was a combined and joint computer simulation-driven exercise, involving the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Combined Forces Command.

September 3, UFL 2003 wrapped Aug. 29, with the Marines disembarking the ship during a brief stop at Chinhae, South Korea, before the ship headed back to its forward operating base of Yokosuka, Japan.

October 4, LCC 19 departed Hakodate, Japan, after a three-day port visit. This historic city is nestled on the southeastern coast of Hokkaido, Japan’s northern-most island.

November 1, The amphibious command ship departed Hong Kong after a four-day port call.

February 5, 2004 USS Blue Ridge departed Port Kelang, Malaysia, after a three-day port visit.

February 10, The Blue Ridge arrived in Pattaya Beach, Thailand, for a four-day port visit.

February 24, Following a brief stop on Okinawa Feb. 20-22, LCC 19 pulled to Shangai, China, for a four-day port visit.

March 3, USS Blue Ridge anchored off the coast of Luzon, Republic of the Philippines, for a brief port visit in support of military staff talks.

After another quick stop on Okinawa March 8-10, LCC 19 started the journey home, making one last port visit on the way, this time to Nagoya, Japan, March 12-14. The visit was the first by a U.S. Navy ship since a call by USS Gary (FFG 51) in August 2001.

March 16, USS Blue Ridge returned to Yokosuka after a seven weeks scheduled deployment in the western Pacific. The ship left it's forward operating base Jan. 26 to conduct military-to-military talks with several countries in the region while visiting several ports.

April 12, LCC 19 pulled into Naval Ship Repair Facility dry dock in Yokosuka to undergo an extensive maintenance period, 30 million worth repairs and upgrades, for several months.

October 13, The amphibious command ship departed for the first time after a six-month dry dock period.

October 25, USS Blue Ridge departed homeport for a scheduled underway period.

November 1, Amphibious command and control ship departed Sasebo after an eventful four-day visit.

November 10, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, for a four-day port visit.

November 14, LCC 19 pulled to Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port visit.

February 4, 2005 USS Blue Ridge departed Hong Kong’s Ocean Terminal after a three-day port visit.

February 15, LCC 19 arrived to Goa, India, for a three-day port visit. The former Portuguese colony of Goa is a popular resort destination. Some Sailors took time during the visit to explore and found lots of other attractions even more charming than the approximately 81-mile stretch of palm tree-lined coastline.

February 22, The amphibious command ship departed Colombo, Sri Lanka, following a two-day port visit.

March 6, USS Blue Ridge departed Port Kelang, Malaysia, after a three-day port visit. Although the ship was moored in Port Kelang, most of the action took place in the neighboring city of Kuala Lumpur.

March 11, LCC 19 departed Singapore after a four-day port visit. The 7th Fleet band performed an outdoor public concert at Sentosa Island Park during the visit.

March 20, The command and control ship departed Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, after successful visits to Manila and the former U.S. Navy base at Subic Bay. USS Blue Ridge arrived in Manila on 15th for a military-to-military talks. These talks centered on a variety of issues of common interests between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines.

March 24, After months of intense training and preparation, the U.S. 7th Fleet amphibious command ship successfully completed Tailored Ships Training Availability (TSTA) phase II March 19-23. TSTA II is designed to refine skills and integrate watch teams into a single organization capable of coordinating their efforts for mission accomplishment.

March 28, LCC 19 pulled to Zhanjiang, People's Republic of China, for a scheduled port visit.

April 4, USS Blue Ridge returned to Yokosuka, Japan, after scheduled deployment in the western Pacific Ocean.

May 16, The amphibious command and control ship departed Yokosuka to take part in the joint and combined exercise Talisman Sabre with U.S. and Australian forces.

June 1, LCC 19 and the embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff visited Cairns, Australia, during a four-day port visit May 26-30.

June 10, USS Blue Ridge departed Sydney after completing a successful seven-day visit that focused on preparations for the upcoming joint U.S. and Australian military exercise Talisman Saber. Talisman Saber is a joint-sponsored U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defense Force Joint Operations Command exercise. U.S. Pacific Command units and Australian forces will conduct land, sea and air training throughout the training area.

July 5, The command and control ship departed Brisbane, Australia, after a five-day port visit.

July 7, LCC 19 pulled to Noumea, New Caledonia, for a three-day port visit.

September 10, Capt. Jeff Bartkoski relieved Capt. J. Stephen Maynard as CO of the Blue Ridge.

November 23, After wrapping up a short Ship’s Repair Availability (SRA) from Sept. 12 to Nov. 19, USS Blue Ridge steamed away from its berth in Yokosuka for three days of sea trials, testing new systems and equipment in an operational environment.

January 16, 2006 USS Blue Ridge recently deployed to complete routine port visits and community relations projects troughout the 7th Fleet AoR.

February 19, The amphibious command ship departed Hong Kong after four-day port visit.

March 24, USS Blue Ridge returned to Yokosuka after a two-month underway period in the western Pacific. The U.S. 7th Fleet Band performed in Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Busan, ROK.

May 3, The Blue Ridge is currently underway hosting a two-day Friends and Family Day Cruise.

June 22, LCC 19 pulled into Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a scheduled port call.

June 28, USS Blue Ridge is currently in port visit to Changhai, China.

July 3, The amphibious command ship arrived in Vladivostok, Russia, to celebrate the 4th of July.

August 5, USS Blue Ridge hosted more than 10,000 Japanese visitors during the annual Friendship Day celebration.

August 31, LCC 19 is currently on a short-term deployment in Southeast Asia to support Exercise Ulchi Focus Lens (UFL) and Seventh Fleet's interoperability and training commitments in maritime operations.

September 7, USS Blue Ridge returned to homeport after a regularly scheduled underway period within the 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

November 18, After a few days of sea trials, the U.S. Seventh Fleet flagship returned to Yokosuka, Japan, to embark more than 400 friends and family members for its transit to Tokyo.

December 2, The amphibious command ship is currently underway in support of bilateral exercise Terminal Fury.

January 26, 2007 USS Blue Ridge arrived in Okinawa for a scheduled port visit.

February 6, LCC 19 departed Hong Kong after a three-day port call.

February 9, USS Blue Ridge departed Manila, Philippines, after a two-day port visit. The ship and embarked 7th Fleet staff was part of Project Friendship, a humanitarian assistance/community service project with the Armed forces of the Philippines.

February 12, The amphibious command ship is currently in port of Cebu City, Philippines.

February 16, USS Blue Ridge pulled to General Santos City, Philippines, for a scheduled port call.

February 27, LCC 19 departed Singapore after a four-day port visit. The command ship arrived in Port Klang, Malaysia, March 2.

March 15, The command ship and embarked U.S. 7th Fleet Sailors and Marines visited Jakarta, Indonesia, March 8-10.

March 21, USS Blue Ridge returned to Yokosuka after a scheduled deployment.

March 27, Capt. David A. Lausman relieved Capt. Jeff Bartkoski as commanding officer, during a change of command ceremony on board the Blue Ridge.

May 23, LCC 19 departed homeport for sea trials off the coast of Japan.

June 1, USS Blue Ridge departed Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a Summer Patrol.

June 14, The amphibious command ship arrived in Sydney, Australia, for a port visit before participating in exercise Talisman Sabre 2007, off the coast of Queensland. Returned home on July 23.

August 16, LCC 19 arrived in Chinhae to support the combined, joint computer simulation driven, Ulchi Focus Lens exercise involving forces from the United States and Republic of Korea.

September 19, The amphibious command ship is currently undergoing a scheduled ship's restricted availability period on board Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka.

January 23, 2008 USS Blue Ridge is currently in White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, after completing a a two-day sea trials on 16th.

January 28, LCC 19 pulled to Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit.

February 8, The amphibious command ship recently arrived in Ishikari, Japan, for a routine port call.

March 4, USS Blue Ridge is currently off the coast of Korea participating in a joint exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2008.

March 10, The Blue Ridge returned to Yokosuka after a brief port visit to Busan, ROK.

April ?, LCC 19 departed homeport for a routine spring patrol.

May 1, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Laem Chabang, Thailand, for a scheduled port call.

May 10, The command and control ship departed Singapore after a four-day port visit.

May 12, LCC 19 pulled to Jakarta, Indonesia, for a goodwill port call.

May 17, The Blue Ridge arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, for another port visit.

May 22, The amphibious command ship arrived in Manila, Philippines, for a scheduled port call.

May 30, USS Blue Ridge pulled to Shimizu, Japan, for its final port visit of a six-week western Pacific deployment.

June 28, LCC 19 successfully completed the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) June 25, marking the end of a three-day inspection of the ship's spaces and equipment.

July 12, Vice Adm. John M. Bird relieved Vice Adm. Doug Crowder as commander of the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet in a ceremony aboard the Blue Ridge. Crowder will become deputy chief of naval operations in Washington.

July 15, Capt. Thom W. Burke relieved Capt. David A. Lausman as CO of the Blue Ridge during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

August 13, USS Blue Ridge departed Yokosuka for a routine underway period.

August 26, The forward-deployed amphibious command and control ship recently departed Busan, Republic of Korea, after participating in Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) 2008, a Combined Forces Command computer simulation driven exercise.

November 17, LCC 19 is currently conducting sea trials after a ship's repair availability period.

November 30, The Blue Ridge departed Hong Kong after a five-day port visit.

December 6, USS Blue Ridge departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise to Tokyo.

February 3, 2009 USS Blue Ridge departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a scheduled deployment.

February 5, The 7th Fleet flagship pulled to Nagasaki for a four-day port call.

February 19, LCC 19 arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a scheduled port visit.

February 26, The Blue Ridge pulled to White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, for a routine port call.

March 5, The amphibious command and control ship arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, to participate in the joint exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2009.

March 24, USS Blue Ridge returned to homeport after completing the scheduled underway period.

April 8, LCC 19 is currently underway conducting a Unit-Level Training Assessment-Certification (ULTRA C). The ship departed Yokosuka April 2 for a port visit to Tokyo.

April 17, The Blue Ridge returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka.

April 29, USS Blue Ridge departed Sasebo, Japan, to kick off the trilateral exercise Malabar 2009 after a scheduled port visit.

May 20, The 7th Fleet flagship is currently undergoing an ammunition offload, while at anchorage in Tokyo Bay, in preparation for the Ship's Restricted Availability.

July 30, The Blue Ridge successfully completed sea trials following SRA period in preparation for a fall deployment.

August 14, LCC 19 pulled to Busan, Republic of Korea, to participate in the joint military exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) 2009. The ship returned to home Sept. 1.

September 8, USS Blue Ridge departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a scheduled fall deployment.

September 26, The amphibious command and control ship departed Noumea, New Caledonia, after a goodwill port call.

September 29, The Blue Ridge arrived in Sydney, Australia, for a week-long port visit.

October 12, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Cairns, Australia, for a four-day port visit.

October 26, LCC 19 arrived in Port Kelang, Malaysia, for a goodwill port call.

October 29, The Blue Ridge arrived in Singapore for a scheduled port visit.

November 7, The 7th Fleet flagship pulled to Da Nang, Vietnam, for a goodwill port visit.

November 19, USS Blue Ridge returned to homeport after completing its participation in Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 21G.

November 24, Capt. Rudy Lupton relieved Capt. Thom W. Burke as CO of the Blue Ridge during a change-of-command ceremony held on board the ship.

January 26, 2010 LCC 19 is currently conducting sea trials in preparation for a scheduled spring deployment.

February 1, USS Blue Ridge departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka for its last underway period before Spring Patrol.

February 5, The amphibious command and control ship arrived in Otaru, Japan, for a scheduled port visit. LCC 19 returned to Yokosuka Feb. 12.

March 2, USS Blue Ridge departed homeport for a routine spring patrol and will participate in bilateral exercises Key Resolve and Terminal Fury.

March 5, The Blue Ridge arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, to participate in the joint exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2010, from March 8-18.

March 12, The 7th Fleet flagship pulled to Chinhae Naval Base, ROK, for a scheduled port visit.

March 25, LCC 19 arrived in Hong Kong for a five-day port call.

April 3, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Sepanggar Naval Base for a port visit to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

April 11, The amphibious command and control ship pulled into Jakarta, Indonesia, for a scheduled port visit.

April 17, The Blue Ridge pulled to Laem Chabang for a goodwill port visit to Pattaya, Thailand.

May 1, The 7th Fleet flagship arrived in Fukuoka, Japan, for its first visit to the city since 1981.

May 7, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Vladivostok, Russia, to take part in Victory Day celebrations.

May 14, LCC 19 returned to Yokosuka after completing the 10-week underway period.

May 22, The amphibious command and control ship is currently participating in an annual exercise off the coast of Japan.

June 26, USS Blue Ridge departed FAY for a Friends and Family cruise to Tokyo.

July 19, The Blue Ridge departed Yokosuka for a Summer Patrol in support of Pacific Partnership 2010.

July 26, The 7th Fleet flagship anchored off the coast of Republic of Palau for a four-day visit.

August 4, USS Blue Ridge pulled into Manila South Harbor for a three-day port call to Republic of the Philippines.

August 13, LCC 19 arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, for a goodwill port visit before participating in exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian, from August 16-26.

August 31, USS Blue Ridge returned to homeport after completing the summer deployment.

September 10, Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk relieved Vice Adm. John M. Bird as Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet during a change-of-command ceremony held on board the Blue Ridge.

September 15, USS Blue Ridge entered the dry-dock at Ship Repair Facility Yokosuka for a Selective Restricted Availability (SRA) maintenance period.

February 7, 2011 USS Blue Ridge departed Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) for a Spring Patrol.

February 13, The 7th Fleet flagship arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a four-day port visit.

February 24, LCC 19 departed Hong Kong after a five-day port call.

February 28, The Blue Ridge pulled into Sepanggar Naval Base for a scheduled port visit to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

March 7, The amphibious command and control ship arrived in Port Klang for a three-day visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

March 11, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Singapore for a week long port call.

March 12, The Blue Ridge departed Changi Naval Base, after on-loading humanitarian assistance supplies, in support of earthquake and tsunami relief operations in Japan.

March 20, LCC 19 is currently operating in the vicinity of Nagasaki and will conduct a replenishment with USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) tomorrow.

March 24, USS Blue Ridge pulled into White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, to onload supplies and additional personnel to augment the staff, and to debark the 7th Fleet Band, who will move to Sasebo to conduct a series of performances there in the coming weeks.

April 8, The 7th Fleet flagship is currently in the Philippine Sea participating in exercise Malabar 2011 with the Indian Navy.

April 11, USS Blue Ridge returned home following a two-month patrol and support of Operation Tomodachi.

May 11, Capt. Daniel C. Grieco relieved Capt. Rudy Lupton as CO of the Blue Ridge during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at CFAY.

May 13, The amphibious command and control ship arrived in Osaka for a goodwill port visit.

May 28, USS Blue Ridge departed Yokosuka for a few days to avoid Typhoon Songda.

June 22, USS Blue Ridge departed home for an annual Summer Patrol in the western Pacific.

July 3, LCC 19 arrived in Noumea, New Caledonia, for a goodwill port visit.

July 8, The Blue Ridge arrived in Brisbane, Australia, in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011.

July 27, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Cairns, Australia, for a port call, a day later than originally scheduled after it was delayed yesterday.

August 13, The 7th Fleet flagship pulled into Busan, Republic of Korea, to participate in an annual computer-assisted simulation command-post exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2011, August 16-29.

August 29, USS Blue Ridge returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka after a two-month patrol.

September 7, Vice Adm. Scott H. Swift relieved Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk as Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the LCC 19.

November 14, The Blue Ridge departed homeport for a two-day sea trials after completing the maintenance availability period.

January 17, 2012 The 7th Fleet flagship pulled into dry-dock at CFAY for an incline survey. During the survey, Blue Ridge and shipyard personnel will take measurements and readings from the ship to help with future planning of structural additions so the service life can be extended as nearly as 30 years.

January 24, USS Blue Ridge departed Yokosuka for three-day sea trials after a routine maintenance period.

February 3, The Blue Ridge arrived in Tomakomai, Japan, for a five-day port visit that coincides with the nearby 63rd annual Sapporo Snow and Ice Festival. LCC 19 returned to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka Feb. 10.

February 21, USS Blue Ridge departed Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a Spring Patrol.

February 24, The 7th Fleet flagship pulled into Busan, Republic of Korea, for a scheduled port visit.

March 2, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Donghae, ROK, for a three-day port call before participating in exercise Key Resolve 2012 through March 9. Another joint exercise, Foal Eagle, will take place from March 1 through April 30 and include about 11,000 U.S. forces; Inport Busan Naval Base from March 9-11.

March 15, USS Blue Ridge anchored in Victoria Harbour for a five-day port visit to Hong Kong.

March 23, The Blue Ridge arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a four-day port visit.

April 2, USS Blue Ridge returned to homeport after a six-week underway period in the western Pacific. Departed for the second part of patrol on April 16.

April 23, The 7th Fleet flagship, along with USS Chafee (DDG 90) and USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50), pulled into Da Nang, Vietnam, for a four-day port visit as part of Naval Exchange Activity (NEA).

April 30, The amphibious command and control ship anchored off the coast of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, for a five-day port visit.

May 11, USS Blue Ridge pulled into port of Tanjung Priok for a four-day visit to Jakarta, Indonesia.

May 19, LCC 19 departed Changi Naval Base, Singapore, after a brief port call.

May 24, USS Blue Ridge pulled into Laem Chabang Port for a five-day visit to Pattaya, Thailand.

June 4, The Blue Ridge moored at Berth 1, India Basin in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a two-day port call.

June 8, USS Blue Ridge returned to Yokosuka, Japan, after completing its Spring Patrol.

June 16, The 7th Fleet flagship, along with JS Ise (DDH 182), moored at Harumi Wharf in Tokyo for a two-day port visit.

July 27, Capt. William C. Pennington, Jr., relieved Capt. Daniel C. Grieco as the 25th CO of LCC 19 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Base Yokosuka.

August 7, USS Blue Ridge departed homeport for a western Pacific patrol.

August 10, The Blue Ridge moored at Hakata Port for a four-day port visit to Fukuoka, Japan.

August 16, LCC 19 arrived at Busan Naval Base for a four-day port visit to the Republic of Korea before participating in at-sea phase of exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2012.

August 24, USS Blue Ridge arrived at Pyeongtaek Naval Base, ROK, for a brief port call.

August 30, The 7th Fleet flagship moored at Chinhae Naval Base for a scheduled port visit to the Republic of Korea. Returned to Yokosuka on Sept. 4.

January 31, 2013 USS Blue Ridge departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka for sea trials after a 13-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Returned late evening on Feb. 1; Underway for routine training from Feb. 4-5; Underway for sea trials and ammo onload at A-12 from Feb. 11-12.

February 22, USS Blue Ridge departed Yokosuka, Japan, in support of annual exercises Key Resolve/Foal Eagle.

March 1, The Blue Ridge anchored in Victoria Harbour for a four-day port visit to Hong Kong.

March 7, The amphibious command and control ship moored at Pier 15 in Manila South Harbor, Republic of the Philippines, for a four-day port call.

March 16, USS Blue Ridge moored at Navy Yard in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, for a four-day port visit. Returned home on March 22; Underway for local operations on April 15; Underway for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment on May 6.

May 24, The Blue Ridge departed homeport for a Summer Patrol.

June 3, USS Blue Ridge pulled into Port Klang, Malaysia, for a four-day visit to Kuala Lumpur.

June 8, LCC 19 moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a four-day port call.

June 14, USS Blue Ridge pulled into Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia, for a four-day port visit.

June 24, The amphibious command and control ship anchored off the coast of Dili, Timor-Leste, for a three-day port visit.

June 29, USS Blue Ridge moored at Fort Hill Wharf in Darwin, Australia, for a six-day port visit.

July 13, The Blue Ridge moored at Garden Island Naval Base in Sydney, Australia, for a week-long port visit before participating in a bilateral exercise Talisman Sabre 2013, off the coast of Queensland.

July 27, USS Blue Ridge arrived in Cairns, Australia, for a nine-day port visit.

July 31, Vice Adm. Robert L. Thomas, Jr., relieved Vice Adm. Scott H. Swift as Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Blue Ridge in Cairns.

August 16, LCC 19 moored at Busan Naval Base, Republic of Korea, for a three-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2013; Inport Chinhae, ROK, from Aug. 23-26; Inport Busan again from Aug. 29-30.

September 2, The Blue Ridge moored at Harumi Wharf in Tokyo, Japan, for a two-day port visit to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.

September 4, USS Blue Ridge returned to Yokosuka after more than a three-month underway period in the U.S. 7th Fleet AoR.

October 28, Capt. Richard C. McCormack relieved Capt. William C. Pennington, Jr., as CO of the Blue Ridge during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

February 25, 2014 USS Blue Ridge departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka for sea trials after a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Anchored at A-12 for ammo onload; Moored at Berth 9 on Feb. 27; Underway for a Spring Patrol on Feb. 28.

March 3, The Blue Ridge moored at Berth 2, Busan Naval Base for a five-day port call in support of annual combined and joint Command Post Exercise (CPX) Key Resolve 2014. Another joint exercise, Foal Eagle, will run through April 18.

March 12, USS Blue Ridge anchored in Victoria Harbour for a four-day port visit to Hong Kong.

March 18, LCC 19 moored at Berth 3, Eval Macapagal Super Terminal in Manila South Harbor, Republic of the Philippines, for a four-day port call. Returned home on March 28; Underway for local operations from March 31- April 1.

April 29, USS Blue Ridge departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a western Pacific patrol.

May 10, The Blue Ridge anchored off the coast of Sattahip, Thailand, for a three-day port visit.

May 18, USS Blue Ridge moored at Westport Dry Bulk Terminal 1 in Port Klang, Malaysia, for a four-day port visit.

May 25, The amphibious command and control ship moored at Container Terminal 2 in Port of Tanjung Priok for a three-day port visit to Jakarta, Indonesia.

June 7, USS Blue Ridge returned to homeport after a 39-day underway period. Underway for local operations on July 12; Anchored at A-12 on July 14.

July 18, The Blue Ridge moored at Daiichi Wharf in Otaru, Hokkaido Prefecture, for a four-day port visit. Returned to Yokosuka on July 25.

August 1, USS Blue Ridge departed homeport for a western Pacific patrol.

August 5, LCC 19 moored at Wharf 2 in Port of Qingdao, People's Republic of China, for a three-day visit. Participated in a search and rescue exercise with the PLA(N) frigate Yancheng (FFG 546) on Aug. 8.

August 12, The Blue Ridge moored at Berth 2 in Busan Naval Base, ROK, for a scheduled port visit to participate in annual computerized command-and-control exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2014, from Aug. 18-29; Underway on Aug. 30; Returned to Yokosuka on Sept. 2.

January 16, 2015 Capt. Kyle P. Higgins relieved Capt. Richard C. McCormack as the 27th CO of Blue Ridge during a change-of-command ceremony at Fleet Activities Yokosuka's Fleet Theatre.

March 2, USS Blue Ridge departed Berth 9, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a two-day underway to conduct sea trials and ammo onload after a six-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA); Underway again from March 9-11.

March 14, USS Blue Ridge, with an embarked Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 Det. 1, departed Yokosuka for a western Pacific patrol.

March 20, The 7th Fleet flagship anchored at Western Anchorage (WA) #2 in Victoria Harbour for a four-day port visit to Hong Kong.

March 25, USS Blue Ridge rescued five Filipino nationals whose fishing vessel suffered from mechanical difficulties and had been adrift for three days with no food.

March 30, The Blue Ridge moored at Berth F, Mizuho Wharf in Port of Yokohama, Japan, for a two-day visit and to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise; Returned home on April 1; Underway for the second part of patrol on April 14.

April 20, USS Blue Ridge moored at South Sea Fleet naval base in Zhanjiang, People's Republic of China, for a four-day port visit; Participated in a search and rescue exercise (SAREX) with the PLA(N) Jinggangshan (LPD 999) on April 24.

April 30, LCC 19 moored at Berth 4, Changi Naval Base for an eight-day port visit to Singapore; Returned to Yokosuka on May 17.

June 17, USS Blue Ridge departed Berth 9, Fleet Activities Yokosuka following a four-week Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV), in support of a bilateral exercise Talisman Sabre 2015, off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

June 21, The Blue Ridge moored at Sierra Wharf in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a two-day port call.

July 3, USS Blue Ridge moored at Berth 2, Garden Island Naval Base in Sydney, Australia, for a 10-day port visit.

July 16, USS Blue Ridge moored at Northshore Hamilton Wharf in Brisbane for a week-long port visit; Anchored in Apra Harbor on Aug. 1.

August 6, The 7th Fleet flagship moored at Berth 2, India Basin in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a scheduled port visit.

August 13, LCC 19 moored at Berth 2 in Busan Naval Base, Republic of Korea, to participate in annual combined command-and-control exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian; Anchored off Busan for "safe haven" from Typhoon Goni on Aug. 24; Moored at Berth 2 again from Aug. 25-30.

September 2, USS Blue Ridge returned to Yokosuka after an 11-week patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet AoR.

September 3, The Blue Ridge moored at Berth 12, Fleet Activities Yokosuka after a day-long underway for Mid-Cycle Inspection (MCI) assessment with the INSURV; Anchored at A-12 for ammo offload on Sept. 8.

February 16, 2016 USS Blue Ridge departed homeport for sea trials and ammo onload following a five-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA); Moored at Berth 9 on Feb. 18.

February 22, USS Blue Ridge departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a routine Spring Patrol.

February 24, The Blue Ridge moored at Nanko-Minami Wharf in Port of Osaka, Japan, for a three-day port visit.

March 4, The 7th Fleet flagship moored at Berth 3, Pier 15 in Manila South Harbor, Republic of the Philippines, for a four-day port visit; Moored at Berth 5, Changi Naval Base in Singapore from March 13-21; Transited the Strait of Malacca northbound from March 21-22.

March 26, USS Blue Ridge moored at the newly-constructed East Container Terminal in Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka, for a five-day visit.

March 29, Capt. Matthew C. Paradise relieved Capt. Kyle P. Higgins as CO of the Blue Ridge during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

April 3, The Blue Ridge anchored off the coast of Mumbai for a four-day port visit, its first to India after more than 11 years.

April 8, USS Blue Ridge moored at Berth 9 in Port of Mormugao for a four-day visit to Goa, India.

April 18, LCC 19 anchored in Makham Bay, Thailand, for a five-day liberty port visit to Phuket; Transited the Strait of Malacca southbound from April 23-24.

April 29, USS Blue Ridge moored at China Merchants Wharf in Kennedy Town, Hong Kong Island, for a four-day liberty port visit.

May 6, The Blue Ridge moored at Wusong Naval Base in Shanghai, People's Republic of China, for a four-day port visit.

May 12, The amphibious command and control ship anchored off Yokosuka for ammo offload; Moored at Berth G, Mizuho Wharf in Port of Yokohama to embark "Tigers" from May 13-16.

May 16, USS Blue Ridge moored at Berth 8, Fleet Activities Yokosuka following a three-month patrol.

June 1, The Blue Ridge entered the Dry Dock #6 at Yokosuka Naval Shipyard for an Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA).