Congratulations on your orders to USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19), Command Ship for Commander, SEVENTH Fleet. We are forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan; a large naval facility, located 45 miles southwest of Tokyo. Our mission is to provide support to Commander, SEVENTH Fleet, while conducting sustained operations at sea. You will find duty on BLUE RIDGE professionally challenging and personally rewarding.
To support our unique mission, we participate in several major fleet, joint service and multi-national exercises each year. We make numerous port visits to countries in the Western Pacific; with visits to Singapore, Thailand and Australia being the most frequent.
I am pleased to have you assigned to the "Finest in the Fleet!". Again, Welcome Aboard!
Craig C. Sicola,
Captain, U.S. Navy