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U.S.S. BLUE RIDGE

(LCC-19)

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The USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19), is the first of two Blue Ridge class command ships. USS BLUE RIDGE, named for the Blue Ridge Mountains, was commissioned on 14 NOV 1970. Built by the Philadelphia NSY, BLUE RIDGE's first voyage was to her homeport of San Diego, California via the Straits of Magellan at the southern tip of South America. Initially USS BLUE RIDGE assumed the schedule of any West Coast "Amphib"; deployments to the Western Pacific, alternating with state side maintenance and training. In 1979 USS BLUE RIDGE changed homeport to Yokosuka, Japan and has served as the flagship of Commander, US Seventh Fleet. BLUE RIDGE deployed to the Persian Gulf during Desert Sheild and Desert Storm. She has continued with that employment since - training and deploying as needed throughout the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. USS BLUE RIDGE serves her country from her homeport of Yokosuka, Japan.

The USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

LCC-19 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
FEB 1967 Keel Date: 27 FEB 1967
at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
JAN 1969 Launch Date: 4 JAN 1969
JUN 1970 - FEB 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV 1970 Commissioned: 14 NOV 1970
JAN 1971 - JAN 1971 First INSURV
FEB 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 26 FEB 1971 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB 1971 - APR 1971 11 Feb, Steams from Philly Naval Shipyard to San Diego
FEB 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 26 FEB 1971 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR 1971 - MAR 1971 Port call, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 4-6 March
APR 1971 - APR 1971 Arrives in San Diego, first homeport, 9 April.
JAN 1972 - JAN 1972 Leaves Ballast Point (S.D.) for first WESTPAC via Pearl 7 Jan
JAN 1972 - FEB 1972 West Pac
FEB 1972 - FEB 1972 Vietnam Service Medal, One Star for Consolidation II
FEB 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 27 FEB 1972 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1972 - MAR 1972 Vietnam, Consolidation II
APR 1972 - JUN 1972 Vietnam Service Medal second star for Vietnam Ceasefire
JUN 1972 - JUN 1972 28 June, RVN President Nguyen Van Thieu visits Blue Ridge
JUN 1972 - JUN 1972 Combat Action Ribbon for NVN DMZ Tiger Island
JUL 1972 - JUL 1972 Vietnam, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
AUG 1972 - AUG 1972 awarded first Battle E, August 9
AUG 1972 - AUG 1972 Returns to San Diego from 1st WESTPAC 18 August.
AUG 1972 - AUG 1972 BR\'s awarded it\'s first Battle \
FEB 1973 - FEB 1973 Departs for second WESTPAC via Pearl Harbor 14 Feb
AUG 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 29 AUG 1973 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1973 - OCT 1973 Returns to San Diego from 2nd WESTPAC 23 Oct.
MAR 1975 - MAY 1975 Meritorious Unit Commendation-Operations Eagle Pull/FrequentWind
MAR 1975 - MAY 1975 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1975 - APR 1975 Navy Unit Commendation- Operation Frequent Wind
OCT 1976 - Shellback Initiation - 13 OCT 1976 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1979 - JUL 1979 Departs San Diego for new homeport-Yokosuka, Japan
OCT 1979 - OCT 1979 Homeported in Yokosuka
SEP 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 10 SEP 1980 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 20 SEP 1980 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 21 SEP 1980 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 14 FEB 1983 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 14 FEB 1983 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1986 - JAN 1986 RAN 75th Naval Anniversary
SEP 1986 - NOV 1986 West Pac
SEP 1986 - Shellback Initiation - 20 SEP 1986 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 4 FEB 1988 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1988 - APR 1988 West Pac
JAN 1989 - JAN 1995 West Pac
MAY 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 18 MAY 1990 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1990 - JAN 1991 Desert Shield
JAN 1991 - APR 1991 Desert Storm
JAN 1995 - JAN 1995 Dependents Cruise
JAN 1996 - MAY 1996 Golden Shellback Intiation

LCC-19 General Specifications

Class: Blue Ridge class command ship

Named for: Blue Ridge Mountains

Complement: 52 Officers and 790 Enlisted

Displacement: 19609 tons

Length: 194 m

Beam: 108 feet

Flank Speed: 23 knots

Range: 10 000 Nautical Miles