|CAPT Daniel C. Grieco
Commanding Officer (May 2011 - July 2012)
Captain Grieco graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1986 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. He completed aviation training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in December 1987.
After initial qualification in the S-3A Viking in December 1988, he was assigned to Air Anti-Submarine Squadron TWENTY TWO (VS-22). While assigned to the CHECKMATES, he transitioned to the S-3B and deployed aboard USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CV 67) participating in Operation DESERT SHIELD and flew 23 combat support missions in Operation DESERT STORM.
Upon completion of his first sea tour, Captain Grieco was assigned to Fleet Replacement Squadron TWENTY SEVEN (VS-27) as an instructor. During this tour, he held the lead instructor for Electronic Warfare Training of the S-3 community and was the east coast S-3 NATOPS senior evaluator and model manager.
Captain Grieco’s next assignment was to Commander Carrier Group FOUR as his Flag Lieutenant. During this tour he participated in the intermediate and advanced training of five Carrier Battle Groups as well as participated in NATO exercise STRONG RESOLVE 95.
Upon detaching from CCG-4 in Oct 1996, he reported to Sea Control Squadron TWENTY FOUR (VS-24). While attached to the SCOUTS, he deployed aboard USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CV 67) to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and SOUTHERN WATCH.
After attending Naval War College, in April 2000 Captain Grieco was assigned to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the National Military Command Center as the Assistant Deputy Director for Operations on Operations Team THREE.
Selected for command, his next assignment was as Executive Officer of Sea Control Squadron TWENTY FOUR (VS-24). He assumed command of the SCOUTS in April of 2005 and as Commanding Officer, he deployed the squadron aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. During his command tour, the squadron flew 229 overland combat sorties supporting Multi-National Division Southeast, won the CVW-8 Golden Wrench, CNAL Golden Anchor and 2005 Battle “E.”
Upon detaching from the SCOUTS, Captain Grieco was assigned as the Executive Assistant to Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet where he was selected for Major Command and Aviation Nuclear Pipeline training. Upon completion of training, he reported to USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73), home ported in Yokosuka Japan, as the Executive Officer from Dec 2008 to Oct 2010.
Captain Grieco joined USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19), the finest flagship in the fleet, in May 2011.
He holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and National Security Affairs and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Air Medal (Strike/Flight)(2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various campaign and unit awards. He has accumulated over 2600 flight hours and 650 arrested landings.
USS Blue Ridge Visits Thailand
LAEM CHABANG, Thailand - Sailors from U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), embarked 7th Fleet staff and Marines assigned to Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific arrived in Laem Chabang for a port visit May 24.
Seventh Fleet Command Ship Blue Ridge Changes Command
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Seventh Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) held a change of command ceremony aboard the ship, May 11. Capt. Daniel Grieco relieved Capt. Rudy Lupton as USS Blue Ridge commanding officer.
USS Blue Ridge Arrives in Osaka
OSAKA, Japan - The 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived at Osaka, Japan, May 13 for a port visit that will strengthen already strong ties between the United States and Japan.
Blue Ridge Hosts JS Hatakaze Operations Crew
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) - The radio and combat information center crew from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Hatakaze (DD 171) visited U.S. 7th Fleet's command ship, USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), to tour Operations Department spaces during a subject matter expert exchange May 17.
Retired MCPON Visits USS Blue Ridge
YOKOSUKA, Japan - A retired master chief petty officer of the Navy (MCPON) visited 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) to celebrate the 113th birthday of the hospital corpsman rating June 17.
Blue Ridge Arrives in Brisbane
U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Brisbane, Australia in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 (TS11).
Blue Ridge Arrives in Cairns, Australia
The amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff arrived in Cairns, Australia July 27 as part of the ship's summer patrol to foster positive relations with regional partners.
The USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) moors in Busan, Republic of Korea
BUSAN, Republic of Korea (Aug. 18, 2011) The U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) is assisted by a tugboat as the ship moors in Busan, Republic of Korea. Blue Ridge switched mooring sides in order perform maintenance on the starboard side of the ship.
CBR Training Aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)
Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) Technician Jose Perez instructs Electrician's Mate Fireman Sydney Blom how to properly don an advanced chemical protective garment (ACPG) on the mess decks aboard U.S. 7th Fleet command flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19).
Blue Ridge Completes Sea Trials
YOKOSUKA, Japan - U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) completed three days of sea trials Nov. 16, after extensive training, a planned maintenance period and a successful light off assessment.
Japanese Navy Visits Blue Ridge for Holiday Exchange
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Officers from Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ship JS Hatakaze (DD 171) and U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), exchanged holiday greetings during a traditional Japanese wreath exchange aboard Blue Ridge, Dec. 20.
Japanese Family Thanks U.S. 7th Fleet
TOMAKOMAI, Japan – The owner and family members of a Japanese fishing vessel, found missing by the U.S. Navy during Operation Tomodachi, visited the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) to say “thank you,” in Tomakomai, Japan Feb. 5.
Blue Ridge Departs Tomakomai
TOMAKOMAI, Japan - Sailors and Marines from 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), embarked 7th Fleet staff and Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) completed a port visit to Tomakomai, Japan, Feb. 8.
Blue Ridge on Patrol in 7th Fleet
USS BLUE RIDGE, At Sea - U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departed from Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for patrol Feb. 21.
US, ROK Sailors Find Common Ground in Community Service
BUSAN, Republic of Korea - Sixty Sailors from USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) U.S. Seventh Fleet flagship, embarked 7th Fleet staff, and Republic of Korea (ROK) navy came together as one team participating in a community service (COMSERV) project at a children’s home during a port visit to Busan, Republic of Korea Feb. 25.
Blue Ridge Kicks Off NMCRS Donations
DONGHAE, Republic of Korea – U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) kicked off the annual drive to raise money for Navy and Marine Corp Relief Society (NMCRS) on March 1.
USS Blue Ridge Visits Manila
MANILA, Republic of the Philippines - The 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Manila March 23 for a port visit.
USS Blue Ridge Returns To Yokosuka
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Seventh Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) returned to Yokosuka, April 2, completing a six-week patrol throughout the Pacific.
USS Blue Ridge Raises Sexual Assault Awareness
USS BLUE RIDGE, At Sea - The USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program is training Sailors to deal with sexual assault throughout the month of April in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
USS Blue Ridge Visits Cambodia
SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia - Musician 2nd Class Eric Cavender, assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet Band, performs on his tuba for Cambodian children during a community service event at a children's home in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
Blue Ridge Concludes Cambodia Port Visit
HANOUKVILLE, Cambodia - Sailors from U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and Marines assigned to Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) completed a port visit to Shihanoukville, Cambodia, May 5.
USS Blue Ridge Sailors Work to Sustain Indonesian Partnership
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Sailors from 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), embarked 7th Fleet staff and Marines assigned to Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific arrived in Jakarta for a port visit, strengthening bonds between the American and Indonesian navies and governments, May 11.
Blue Ridge builds friendship with Indonesia visit
JAKARTA, Indonesia - The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departed Jakarta, Indonesia, May 15 after a four-day port visit strengthening bonds between the U.S. and Indonesian navies.
Blue Ridge chefs defend Iron Chef title
USS BLUE RIDGE - Culinary specialists aboard U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) competed in a cooking contest on May 20, 2012, for the opportunity to compete in an upcoming “Iron Chef” cooking competition filmed in Bangkok, Thailand.
Blue Ridge Departs Pattaya, Thailand
LAEM CHAEBANG, Thailand - Sailors from U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), embarked 7th Fleet staff, and Marines from the Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Pacific departed from Laem Chaebang, Thailand after a five-day port visit.
DEPSECDEF Visits USS Blue Ridge, Talks Asia-Pacific
YOKOSUKA, Japan - The Deputy Secretary of Defense (DEPSECDEF) Ashton B. Carter visited the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) to speak with Sailors and emphasize the importance of their mission in the Asia-Pacific region.