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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet command ship, the USS Blue Ridge, which was scheduled to maneuver into an India Basin berthing slot here Thursday, is making a routine port call following a dry-dock period at Yokosuka Naval Base.

Immediately following a period in dry dock, ships routinely undertake voyages to gauge the success of dry-dock maintenance, upgrades and repairs, a Navy official said Wednesday afternoon.

On Thursday night, the Blue Ridge planned “a reception on board for local officials and others,” stated Chief Petty Officer Rick Chernitzer, a 7th Fleet spokesman, by e-mail Wednesday.

The duration of the port call was unknown at deadline.

The amphibious command ship Blue Ridge is commanded by Capt. J. Stephen Maynard of Kettering, Ohio. The ship supports maritime missions by “providing a robust communications suite” to allow 7th Fleet commander Vice Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert and his staff to “provide guidance and direction to U.S. naval forces in the region,” Chernitzer added.

The Blue Ridge permanently operates out of Yokosuka Naval Base. For information about the Blue Ridge and the 7th Fleet, visit:


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