Tour onboard USS Blue Ridge 

130215-N-XG305-208 YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 15, 2013) Damage Controlman Fireman Steven Woolums shows students from Yokosuka Middle School a Navy Firefighters Thermal Imager in damage control central during a ship tour aboard U.S. 7th Fleet flagship the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mel Orr/Released)
Students Tour Blue Ridge 
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mel Orr, USS Blue Ridge Public Affairs  
YOKOSUKA, Japan - More than 110 students, teachers and chaperons from Yokosuka Middle School toured U.S. 7th flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) Feb. 15.

Blue Ridge Sailors led the tour, giving sixth-grade students a chance to learn aboutmany spaces aboard the ship including the foc'sle, pilot house, main deck, damage control central, and mess decks.

"I always enjoy sharing our experiences with these kids and showing them how Sailors live and work while at sea," said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Gomer Cubol, a tour guide for the second time. "It's amazing to see their reactions, and I can tell that they better appreciate what we do after the experience."

The middle school students adopt ships homeported in Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka a to better understand the Navy and how it works. The group of students who visited Blue Ridge adopted the ship and follows its activities through news articles, published photographs and social media. The children also do such extracurricular activities as design T-shirts.

"Following a ship such as Blue Ridge, allows these kids to understand what their parents do when they're underway," said Lt. Anthony Baker, Blue Ridge chaplain. "By having them visit the ship helps them unveil that mystery."
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