Blue Ridge Wraps up Fukuoka Port Visit

Story Number: NNS120814-02Release Date: 8/14/2012 5:10:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timmy Wakefield, USS Blue Ridge Public Affairs

FUKUOKA, Japan (NNS) -- Sailors aboard U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), embarked 7th Fleet staff and Marines assigned to Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific departed Fukuoka, Japan, Aug. 14.

The port visit represented an opportunity for Sailors and Marines to serve as goodwill ambassadors of the U.S., promote peace and stability in the southeast Asian-Pacific region, to demonstrate commitment to regional partnerships, and foster growing relationships.

While in Fukuoka, Sailors enjoyed playing basketball and softball during a community service event with Fukuoka Institute of Technology college students.

"We all had a lot of fun and really enjoyed spending time with the people here. I am glad I came out to this COMSERV," said Quartermaster Seaman Korey Booker. "The Navy has given me these wonderful opportunities and I know I'll never forget them."

Some Sailors spent their time off enjoying the city by going to restaurants and visiting local attractions.

"I went out to eat at a fantastic ramen restaurant. It was amazing," said Yeoman 3rd Class Brittnea Noe. "I like the environment here as well; they maintain the Japanese culture while keeping it similar to our American environment."

Blue Ridge has been forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, for nearly 33 years. As the flagship for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Blue Ridge is instrumental in forging partnerships in the region while leading the fleet with its advanced shipboard communications systems.

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The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge is seen from USS Pearl Harbor as it transits through the South China Sea.
120521-N-KS651-173 SOUTH CHINA SEA (May 21, 2012) The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) is seen from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) as it transits through the South China Sea. Pearl Harbor and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed in the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations, as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Behnke)
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