Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet

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USS Blue Ridge Completes CUES exercise with PLA(N) May 13, 2016 — EAST CHINA SEA - The amphibious 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) conducted a Codes for Unexpected Encounters at Sea (CUES) exercise with their People's Liberation Army (Navy) counterparts, May 10, after a successful port visit in Shanghai.   Adopted as a multilateral protocol at the 2014 Western Pacific Naval Symposium, CUES provides MORE

USS Blue Ridge, 7th Flagship Departs Shanghai May 10, 2016 — SHANGHAI – The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departed Shanghai after a regularly scheduled port visit May 10 during its 2016 patrol season.   Shanghai marked Blue Ridge’s ninth port-visit of its patrol, including stops in the Philippines, India, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka.   The Blue Ridge team consisting of more than 900 members, MORE

Chung-Hoon Sailor Wins Admiral Ben Moreell Award May 9, 2016 — SOUTH CHINA SEA – Logistics Specialist 1st Class (LS1) Jose Huertas hid his shock behind a smile as Cmdr. Tom Ogden, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), broke the news over the ship’s intercom system that Huertas had won the 2016 Admiral Ben Moreell Award for Logistics Competence.With a humble smile and look MORE

7th Fleet Flagship Arrives in Shanghai May 6, 2016 — SHANGHAI -- The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), arrived in Shanghai for a regularly scheduled port visit May 6, during its 2016 patrol season.   Shanghai is one of several port visits during Blue Ridge’s 7th Fleet patrol, which has included India, Singapore, and the Philippines.   Capt. Matt Paradise, Blue Ridge’s commanding MORE

USS William P. Lawrence Conducts South China Sea Patrol May 4, 2016 — SOUTH CHINA SEA – USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) conducted a routine patrol May 2 in international waters during a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. "This operation was a great way to show our strike group’s ability to disperse forces for different missions and cover a broad area of water in 7th Fleet,” said Cmdr. Walter C. Mainor, MORE

New Command Master Chief arrives at U.S. 7th fleet May 3, 2016 — SOUTH CHINA SEA – Command Master Chief Benjamin Howat has assumed his new role as the U.S. 7th Fleet Command Master Chief. Howat joined the 7th Fleet staff aboard the flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), while the ship was conducting a scheduled port visit in Hong Kong, April 29.  The Blue Ridge crew and the embarked 7th Fleet staff are currently on MORE

Blue Ridge Returns to Hong Kong May 2, 2016 — HONG KONG (NNS) -- U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Hong Kong for a port visit during its 2016 patrol season, April 29.The Blue Ridge team, consisting of more than 900 members including embarked 7th Fleet staff, Marines from Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) and the "Golden Falcons" of Helicopter Sea MORE

U.S. 7th Fleet, Republic of Korea Navy Bands Make Sweet Music Together in Seoul April 29, 2016 — SEOUL, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- The U.S. 7th Fleet Band joined the Republic of Korea Navy Band for a combined concert in Seoul, April 28. The band, composed of more than 40 U.S. and ROK musicians played a range of genres ranging from classical to pop and rock. "This is my fourth time performing alongside the ROK Navy band," said Lt. Brian MORE

Sea Diaries: The Language of Peace, Stability and Love in Indo-Asia-Pacific April 28, 2016 — I don’t tend to get nervous before a gig, but I was definitely sweating for this one.   In my first port visit to Sri Lanka, I was welcomed by a heat wave, but that’s not the reason I was sweating — more on that later. Bottom line: I knew this was one of our biggest engagements in the U.S. 7th Fleet’s Indo-Asia Pacific “spring patrol.”   We MORE

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