USS Blue Ridge lends a hand in the Philippines
MANILA, Philippines — The USS Blue Ridge arrived in the Philippines on Thursday on a humanitarian mission called “Project Friendship.”
Throughout their stay, the ship’s 1,000-person crew, 7th Fleet staff, plus embarked Marines and Seabees were to do friendship-building and goodwill-generating activities, according to a Navy news release.
Volunteer activities include donating clothes, toys, food, and medical supplies, providing free health clinics and constructing and repairing schools and public buildings, the release said.
The Blue Ridge is forward-deployed in Yokosuka, Japan and is the 7th Fleet’s command ship.