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IMDEX 2019: USS Blue Ridge gains new lease on life

23rd April 2019 - 13:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


The US Navy’s oldest operational vessel, USS Blue Ridge, arrived in Hong Kong for a port call on 20 April, fresh from a major upgrade that will keep it in service as the 7th Fleet’s flagship for the foreseeable future.

Commissioned on 14 November 1970 and homeported in Yokosuka, Japan since July 1979, USS Blue Ridge provides a mobile C2 capability for the 7th Fleet throughout the Indo-Pacific region.  

LCC 19 displaces 19,000t, measures 194m long and had a crew of around 1,000 at the time of its visit to Hong Kong. Embarked aboard were two MH-60S Seahawk helicopters

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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