USS Blue Ridge Conducts a Port Visit in Hong Kong


Story Number: NNS140313-02Release Date: 3/13/2014 8:02:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Phillip Pavlovich, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Pblic Affairs

HONG KONG (NNS) -- U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and the embarked staff arrived in Hong Kong for a port visit March 12.

Blue Ridge is currently on its first patrol of the year, strengthening relationships with U.S. allies and partner nations while providing advanced communication capabilities and supporting Theater Security Cooperation across the Indo-Asia Pacific region.

"It's important for Blue Ridge to maintain a strong relationship with our Pacific partner nations and allies in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility," said Assistant Supply Officer, Lt. Steven Holland. "Port visit's give us a chance to leave a lasting impression because for some locals, we're the only Americans they will potentially meet in their lifetime."

While in port, Sailors and Marines will take advantage of opportunities to participate in community service projects, sporting events, as well as experience the city's culture on trips coordinated by Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

"I'm excited to venture out in Hong Kong and see the city's rich history," said Seaman Blair Powell. "I'm thankful I have opportunities like this to travel the world and see unique places."

Blue Ridge has been forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan for 34 years. As the flag ship for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Robert L. Thomas, Blue Ridge is vital in maintaining partnerships in the 7th Fleet area of operations.

For more news from Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/c7f/.

 
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Capt. Richard McCormack, commanding officer of the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), looks out.
140312-N-NN332-022 HONG KONG (March 12, 2014) Capt. Richard McCormack, commanding officer of the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), looks out from the bridge as the ship arrives in Hong Kong. Blue Ridge port visits represent an opportunity to promote peace and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region, demonstrate commitment to regional partners and foster growing relationships. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared Harral)
March 13, 2014
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