Commanding Officer (November 24, 2009 - May 11, 2011) 
CAPT Rudy Lupton
Commanding Officer (November 24, 2009 - May 11, 2011)

CAPT Rudy Lupton is a native of New Bern, North Carolina and a 1983 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He holds Master Degrees in Management from Troy State University and in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

CAPT Lupton’s initial sea duty assignment was to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron SIX where he deployed aboard USS SANTA BARBARA (AE-28) and USS MILWAUKEE (AOR-2) to the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean. He completed his department head tour in Helicopter Combat Support Squadron EIGHT where he served as Maintenance Officer and deployed aboard USS WASP (LHD-1) as the Search and Rescue Detachment Officer in Charge. He has also served as Navigator in USS NEW ORLEANS (LPH-11) and USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) as well as Executive Officer of USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67). CAPT Lupton has commanded Helicopter Combat Support Squadron SIX home ported in Norfolk, Virginia and Helicopter Combat Support Squadron THREE home ported in San Diego, California.

Ashore, CAPT Lupton served as Operations Officer and flight instructor in Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHT and as the Helicopter Sea Assignment Officer and Shore Coordinator at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Arlington, Virginia. He most recently served ashore as the Executive Assistant and Chief of Staff to the Director for Operational Plans and Joint Force Development, J-7, the Joint Staff. He became Commanding Officer of USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19), home ported in Yokosuka, Japan, Nov. 24, 2009.

His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 awards), Air Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards) as well as numerous campaign and unit awards. He is also a two-time recipient of the Navy-Marine Corps Association Leadership Award.

 NEWS

YOKOSUKA, Japan (June 19, 2010)--Family members aboard 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) watch the Japanese coastli
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is currently underway in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility in the Pacific Ocean.
The U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) transits the Pacific Ocean during a scheduled spring deployment.
Capt. Rudy Lupton, left, commanding officer of the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 29, 2010) Operations Specialist 3rd Class Michael Sumlar launches an SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter aboard U.S.
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- U.S. 7th Fleet held a change of command ceremony on board USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) Sept. 10.
Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Guillermo Weillard carves a Christmas turkey during dinner service aboard USS Blue Ridge
Fireworks above Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka's harbor illuminate U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)
Culinary Specialists 3rd Class Andreya McGhee, right, and James Peter prepare a beef tenderloin dish aboard USS Blue Ridge
USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) Hosts JMSDF Medical Professionals
Yeoman 2nd Class William S. Herbst weeds grave stones at Clark Cemetery.
Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Pierre Angeles speaks with Republic of the Philippines navy sailors about boiler console operations.
Blue Ridge Sailors make friends, cradles at Manila charity
The Papa flag is flown above U.S. 7th Fleet command flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) to recall all personnel
 U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departs Singapore.
Sailors assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) load humanitarian assistance supplies.
USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)
USS Blue Ridge LCC 19 Change Of Command May 2011
Blue Ridge Sailors Tour HMAS Ballarat

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