Having a sponsor before you arrive in Japan is vital. The USS BLUE RIDGE Sponsorship program is designed to ensure our new Sailors are provided all the information and assistance they need from beginning to end. It starts from when you receive your orders, while you wait to transfer to Japan up to when you complete your check-in process. Your sponsor will ensure you are adapting to your new location. You will be assigned a sponsor, we ask that you communicate often with them to ensure they can inform the command about your transition.

If you are less than six months away from departure and have not heard from our command, get in touch with the command by emailing the USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) Command Career Counselor at CCC@lcc19.navy.mil

To expedite assignment please have the following available when you send a request to the USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) Command Sponsor Team at sponsor@lcc19.navy.mil

You can copy and paste the below and send to the email provided above.



I have received orders to the Commander, SEVENTH FLEET U.S. Flag Ship, USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) and I would like to request a sponsor to assist me with my transition to my new command.

I have provided the below information to better assist my sponsor.

- UIC of my current command:

- My personal e-mail address:

- Detach date from current command:

- Report Date to USS BLUE RIDGE:

- Emergency Contact Information: (Name, Address, Phone Number, Email address, if available)


Enter your Rate/Rank and Full Name


Note: If you get married before you PCS, you must inform your current command and follow the procedures exactly as you are given them.

The military may not pay for travel and housing of your spouse if you do not follow procedures.

Yokosuka Enhanced Spouse Sponsorship Program (YESS!):

This is a volunteer-run sponsorship program just for spouses of incoming active duty and other SOFA sponsored members. Please visit their website for more information and to submit an application for spouse sponsorship. https://yessyokosuka.wordpress.com/

Yokosuka Japan Useful Links:

The following information is available, please click on the links provided and navigate them as needed. If you do not find something you are looking for, your sponsor will be able to assist you.

Commander, U.S. SEVENTH Fleet:


USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)


Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka (CFAY):


Military OneSource:




Search for Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka for installation details and a personalized booklet

AFN Yokosuka Facebook:


Explore local events and stories for Yokosuka

Duty in Japan YouTube Channel:


Videos about things to see, housing options, and many other useful topics

Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC):


Monthly schedules, class handouts, and more

Yokosuka Enhanced Spouse Sponsorship (YESS) Program: http://yessyokosuka.wordpress.com

Sponsorship program for spouses, by spouses

Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Information:


Latest information about MWR services in Yokosuka

Yokosuka and Japan Sites:

Yokosuka is located in the Kanagawa prefecture, located on Honshu Island

Yokosuka City Official Home:


Discover Yokosuka City’s history and attractions

Japan National Tourism Organization:


Cultural and tourist information about Kanagawa and all of Japan

Kids Web Japan:


Fun content to learn about Japan: language and traditions




Jorudan Co., Ltd.:


Timetables of railways in Japan Timetables of railways in Japan

Using all your resources can reduce culture shock, stress, and keep your morale high during the first few weeks of your arrival and throughout your time in Yokosuka.

Upon your arrival, we recommend visiting our Family Support Center (FFSC). They’ll be able to provide you with information on travel pay, entitlements, and allowances, arranging a successful move as well as vacating your government quarters. They are help to with every aspect of your relocation so please do not hesitate to contact them if you have additional questions regarding your new assignment to Yokosuka.

Those with families are encouraged to request assistance from their sponsors for reservations at the Navy Lodge or Navy Gateway Inns & Suites prior to arrival to ensure room availability. We highly encourage making reservations far in advance using the phrase “PCS Move.”

A checklist is provided to help you with tasks in order to ease your move and smooth your transition to Yokosuka, Japan.

Below are items that each member should try to complete within the first 72 hours.

• Confirm seat reservation for Area Orientation Brief / Intercultural Relations (AOB/ICR) via your Sponsor.

• Confirm reservations with the CDC and SAC for children, if applies

• Enroll in a Housing Office Brief (within 3 working days of reporting to new PDS)

• Visit Personal Property Office

• Visit Tricare Benefits Coordinator

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