Family Members Aboard 7th Fleet Command Ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)
YOKOSUKA, Japan (June 19, 2010)--Family members aboard 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) watch the Japanese coastli
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Family members aboard 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) watch the Japanese coastline from the main deck of the flagship as the ship was underway to Tokyo. Friends and family of Blue Ridge and 7th Fleet staff Sailors as well as sailors of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force were invited aboard for the 4-hour underway, which featured damage control equipment demonstrations and performance by the 7th Fleet band. Blue Ridge is commanded by Capt. Rudy Lupton and serves under Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7/Task Force (CTF) 76, the Navy's only forward deployed amphibious force.  Blue Ridge is the flagship for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.  Task Force 76 is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with an operating detachment in Sasebo, Japan.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Josh Huebner/Released)
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