USS Blue Ridge Departs Singapore
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelby Sanders
SINGAPORE - U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departed Singapore following a four-day visit, June 12.

During the visit, the Blue Ridge crew and 7th Fleet Staff participated in community relations projects and enjoyed the city's diverse culture and rich history.

Sailors visited orphanages dedicated to supporting children from dysfunctional homes who have been abused or neglected and brought plenty of laughter and smiles to share.

"I enjoy spending quality time with the children," said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Gomer Cubol. "As Sailors in the U.S. Navy, we are very fortunate to have so many wonderful opportunities, and I feel good knowing we have a positive impact on children's lives."

The 7th Fleet Band's Pacific Ambassadors played several live shows at multiple schools and orphanages. Their sets consisted of American rock, brass band and jazz classics, along with popular local hits.

"We look forward to having the opportunity to perform in the countries we visit," said Musician 1st Class Duke Stuble. "It's all about promoting friendship between the two countries by sharing each culture's music and enjoying each other's company."

Several tours were offered by the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation #MWR# committee, including a night safari and canal-boat sightseeing tours.

"My divison went as a group on a tour of Universal Studios and had a blast," said Personnel Specialist 1st Class Kerri Scranton. "The trip was a great morale boost and also served as an excellent team-building exercise."

The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship Blue Ridge has been forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan for nearly 34 years to continue forging partnerships in the 7th Fleet area of operations.

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